By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is growing to be well known 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, corresponding to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve higher cognizance. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received popularity of their assorted contributions to society.
The entries are written via professional participants and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. each one starts off with a concise biography, which summarizes the lifestyles and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be via a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and issues, besides an summary of the autobiographer's serious reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a specific, basic 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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