By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is transforming into well known and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, besides expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its sort, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. integrated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the quantity profiles significant figures, similar to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve larger awareness. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have won approval for their various contributions to society.
The entries are written through professional members and supply authoritative information regarding their topics. each one starts off with a concise biography, which summarizes the lifestyles and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be through a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and topics, in addition to an outline of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with basic and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, normal bibliography concludes the amount. jointly, the entries supply an in depth portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the present.
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African American Autobiographers: A Sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson