Louis H. Pratt is Professor of English and Chairman of the Department of Languages and Literature at Florida A and M University. A graduate of Savannah State College, he holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, respectively, from Teachers College, Columbia University, and Florida State University. Dr. Pratt is the author of James Baldwi ( G. K. Hall and Company, 1978). He has contributed articles to the Critical Survey of Short Fiction ( Salem Press, 1981), Dictionary of Black Theatre Greenwood Press, 1983), Critical Survey of Long Fiction ( Salem Press, 1983), and Critical Essays on James Baldwin ( G. K. Hall and Company, forthcoming publication). His dissertation, "The Mystery of the Human Being: A Critical Study of the Writings of James Baldwin," was cited as "a major contribution to contemporary critical literature." As a result, Dr. Pratt received the first annual J. Russell Reaver Award at Florida State University for the best creative scholarship in American literature or folklore. Dr. Pratt has presented papers at the College Language Association, the Popular Culture Association of America, the Middle Atlantic Writers Association, the Modern Language Association, and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
Darnell D. Pratt is Head of Acquisitions at the State Library of Florida and a former President of the Alumni Board of