By Wilfred D Samuels, Loretta Gilchrist Woodard, Tracie Church Guzzio

An important encyclopedic reference, Encyclopedia of African-American Literature courses readers throughout the wealthy historical past of African-American writing. greater than 500 attractive entries conceal the folk, works, and occasions that experience come to outline African-American literature. This worthwhile source contains such authors as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Gayl Jones, Ralph Ellison, and Gloria Naylor, and significant works resembling A Raisin within the sunlight, local Son, the colour pink, and Invisible guy. those entries are better through bibliographies that aid readers pursue extra study. extra entries contain characters, periodicals, vital anthologies, events, suggestions, and different similar themes. Spanning the colonial interval to the Harlem Renaissance and modernist classes to the Black Aesthetics circulation to the modern age, this publication presents finished assurance of the heritage of African-American literature.

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The brothers’ physical and spiritual destruction at the hands of freedom shows the novel’s strong kinship to RICHARD WRIGHT’s NATIVE SON, which clearly both influenced and overshadowed Blood on the Forge. Still, Blood on the Forge is an important portrayal of the effects of rootlessness on African Americans who cast their lots with life in the so-called “promised land” of the North; again, Attaway’s dual perspective on rootlessness informs the work significantly. Because neither novel sold well, Attaway abandoned novel writing in favor of writing musical compositions and scripts for various media, including “One Hundred Years of Laughter,” a 1966 television special on black humor.

She died on December 9 of that year. A collection of her essays and stories, Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions, was edited by TONI MORRISON and published by Pantheon in 1996. Three years later, the same press brought out Those Bones Are Not My Child, also edited by Morrison. This novel was the result of 12 years of research into the Atlanta child murders, which occurred in the early 1980s, and traces one family’s dealings with corruption, cover-up, and incompetence in the investigation. BIBLIOGRAPHY Schirack, Maureen.

Over the course of his career, Baker has published numerous theoretical works, scores of scholarly essays, and several works of poetry and edited scholarly collections, including his anthology Black Literature in America (1971). He served as the first black president of the Modern Language Association of America. He has held teaching appointments at numerous prestigious universities, including Yale (1968–1970), University of Virginia (1970–1974), University of Pennsylvania (1974– 1998), and Duke University (1998–present).

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