African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook


There has been a dramatic resurgence of interest in early African American writing. The works of dozens of 18th and early 20th century black writers have been recovered and reprinted; there has been a significant revival of interest in the Harlem Renaissance; and several major assessments of 18th and 19th century African American literature have recently been published. This reference book provides alphabetically arranged entries for 78 African American writers active between 1745 and 1945. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the critical response to the author, and primary and secondary bibliographies. A selected, general bibliography concludes the volume.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Geetha Ravi
  • Robert L. Milde
  • Gwendolyn S. Jones
  • Jesse G. Swan
  • Heather E. Spahr
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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