By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is becoming well known and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, besides expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its sort, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the quantity profiles significant figures, equivalent to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve higher recognition. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have won approval for their different contributions to society.
The entries are written by means of professional individuals and supply authoritative information regarding their topics. each one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the existence and achievements of the autobiographer. this is often by means of a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and issues, besides an outline of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a specific, common bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries offer an in depth portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the present.
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