Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists

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User's Guide

THIS VOLUME PROVIDES biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on the twelve most significant modern black American poets and dramatists. Each chapter consists of three parts: a biography of the author; a selection of brief critical extracts about the author; and a bibliography of the author's published books.

The biography supplies a detailed outline of the important events in the author's life, including his or her major writings. The critical extracts are taken from a wide array of books and periodicals, from the author's lifetime to the present, and range in content from biographical to critical to historical. The extracts are arranged in chronological order by date of writing or publication, and a full bibliographical citation is provided at the end of each extract. Editorial additions or deletions are indicated within carets.

The author bibliographies list every separate publication—including books, pamphlets, broadsides, collaborations, and works edited or translated by the author— for works published in the author's lifetime; selected important posthumous publications are also listed. Titles are those of the first edition; variant titles are supplied within carets. In selected instances dates of revised editions are given where these are significant. Pseudonymous works are listed, but not the pseudonyms under which these works were published. Periodicals edited by the author are listed only when the author has written most or all of the contents. Titles enclosed in square brackets are of doubtful authenticity. All works by the author, whether in English or in other languages, have been listed; English translations of foreign-language works are not listed unless the author has done the translation.

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Table of contents

  • Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists *
  • Contents *
  • User's Guide vi
  • The Life of the Author vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Maya Angelou 1
  • Imamu Amiri Baraka 15
  • Gwendolyn Brooks 34
  • Alice Childress 51
  • Lucille Clifton 64
  • Owen Dodson 78
  • James A. Emanuel 92
  • Lorraine Hansberry 104
  • Robert Hayden 121
  • Melvin B. Tolson 138
  • Margaret Walker 152
  • Jay Wright 167
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