By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is growing to be renowned and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, in addition to expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its type, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the quantity profiles significant figures, akin to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, besides many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve better awareness. whereas a few are recognized basically for his or her literary accomplishments, others have won popularity of their assorted contributions to society.
The entries are written via 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 subject matters, in addition to an summary of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with basic and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, common bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries offer a close 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