Black Book Publishers in the United States: A Historical Dictionary of the Presses, 1817-1990

Hardcover | October 1, 1991

byDonald F. Joyce

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Since the second decade of the nineteenth century, there have been black-owned book publishers in the United States, addressing the special concerns of black people in ways that other book publishers have not. This is the first work to treat extensively the individual publishing histories of these firms. Though largely ignored by historians, the story of these publishers, as documented in this study, reveals fascinating details of literary history, as well as previously unknown facts about the contribution of blacks to Western civilization. Donald Franklin Joyce offers comprehensive profiles of forty-six publishing companies, selected for inclusion through an examination of major bibliographic works, book advertisements, periodical literature, and business directories. Each profile contains information on the company's publishing history, books and other publications that were released, information sources about the firm, other titles issued, libraries holding titles produced by the publisher, and officers and addresses, where appropriate. Entries are arranged alphabetically by the publisher name, while an appendix presents a geographic listing of the firms and an index offers author, title, and subject access. This work will be an important resource for students, scholars, and researchers interested in cultural and intellectual black history, as well as public and academic libraries seeking specific information on individual publishing companies.

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Since the second decade of the nineteenth century, there have been black-owned book publishers in the United States, addressing the special concerns of black people in ways that other book publishers have not. This is the first work to treat extensively the individual publishing histories of these firms. Though largely ignored by histo...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.4 × 6.51 × 0.95 inPublished:October 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313267839

ISBN - 13:9780313267833

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?According to Joyce little attention has been given to the activities of black US book publishers. His dictionary attempts to rectify that situation with detailed profiles of 45 blackowned denominational, institutional, and commercial firms. Each article includes a brief narrative history followed by brief critical summaries of major books published. One reads, for example that Counter Clockwise by John Lee (A. Wendell Malliet and Co., 1940) is "melodramatic with patently stereotyped characters," and that Maleficium by Russell Atkins (Free Lance Press, 1971) is made up of 20 "skillfully crafted vignettes." The historical essays are supported with notes and bibliographies, lists of titles from the particular firms, names of libraries holding specific titles, and names of the firms' chief executive officers. In many cases Joyce obtained historical details and statistics of press runs directly from the publishers themselves, thus providing an insider's view of the world of black publishing. Some of the information here can also be found in Joyce's Gatekeepers of Black Culture: Black Owned Book Publishing in the United States, 1817-1981 (CH, Jul '83), but dictionary format makes the present work more convenient for reference use. Recommended for libraries of institutions where there is interest in black culture and history as well as those supporting studies in the history of American journalism.??Choice