Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

Synopsis

During the last two decades, African American writers have emerged as a distinct and dominant force in world literature. This reference book offers lively, concise, and current information about the lives and imaginative works of 79 contemporary African American novelists. Each of the alphabetically arranged entries begins with a biographical sketch of the author, offers a judicious critical assessment of the author's major works, provides a representative sample of the critical responses the author's books have elicited, and concludes with a selected bibliography that lists the author's publications as well as useful secondary material. Included are entries for major figures, such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison, but many noteworthy young writers also receive the attention they deserve. Forty-one of the 79 writers discussed are women, and roughly a dozen of the novelists have identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Intended for students and advanced scholars alike, the volume is sophisticated yet accessible to a wide audience.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Joyce L. Cherry
  • Evora Jones
  • Emmanuel S. Nelson
  • Nanette Morton
  • Loretta G. Woodard
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999