Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays: A Biographical Directory and Dramatic Index

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SYMBOLS
1. Symbols used for playwrights and their collaborators:
a. ALL CAPITALS used for a name within an entry indicates that the person is a contemporary black American playwright whose separate entry is also included in the Directory.
b. An asterisk (*) before the name of a collaborator, when the name is in roman type, indicates that the collaborator is known to be black, but is not included as a separate entry in the directory. Asterisks are also used to identify black authors of original works (such as novels, poetry, and plays) which are adapted for the stage by other playwrights.
c. An obelisk or single dagger (†) before the name of a collaborator, or any other individual within an entry, indicates that the person is a significant early black American playwright who is not included in the Directory.
d. A name in quotation marks indicates a nickname.
e. A name in parentheses indicates another name, an original name, or part of a name, by which the playwright is also known. (For a woman playwright, this may also include a married name or a single name.)
2. Symbols used in titles of plays and other dramatic works:
a. Boldface type is used within an entry to indicate the titles of plays and dramatic works written by the playwright who is the subject of the entry.
b. "BOLDFACE CAPITALS" within quotation marks are used to indicate overall production titles (also called blanket titles) covering a group of at least two plays by the subject playwright.
c. ITALICIZED CAPITALS are used to indicate published collections of plays by the subject playwright.
d. "ROMAN CAPITALS" within quotation marks are used to indicate unpublished collections of plays by the subject playwright, such as doctoral dissertations, master's theses, or mimeographed collections.

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