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Shadow And Act

by Ralph Ellison

|March 14, 1995

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With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel Invisible Man , Ralph Ellison examines his antecedents and in so doing illuminates the literature, music, and culture of both black and white America. His range is…

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A collective work of art whose time has come. Of lasting value for all lovers of literature and the erotic, this is a glorious, groundbreaking celebration of black sensuality, including works by Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, and many more.

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Introduction by Arnold Rampersad. Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He…

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For over two centuries, critics and the black community have tended to approach African-American literature as simply one more front in the important war against racism, valuing slave narratives and twentieth-century works alike, primarily for their political…

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Bringing together fourteen African-American women, Marita Golden has compiled saucy and spicy essays that serve as an exploration into the contemporary black female psyche. Ranging in style from Audre Lorde's classic polemic on eroticism to Miriam DeCosta…

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Inquiries into the meaning and force of race in American culture have largely focused on questions of identity and difference—What does it mean to have a racial identity? What constitutes racial difference? Such questions assume the basic principle of racial…

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James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, has gained a wide readership and much critical acclaim since its publication in 1953. While most critics have seen it as focusing exclusively on the African-American fundamentalist church and its effect on…

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The dynamic course of Afro-American literature from oppression through protest to liberation is depicted in the anthology. Long and Collier have added contemporary writers, introductions, and head notes to make this the most comprehensive, up-to-date anthology…

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This impressive collection contains Frederick Douglass' Narrative of his life; The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois; Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery; The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, by James Weldon Johnson; The Narrative of Sojourner…

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REA's MAXnotes for Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your…

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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A bold exploration of the controversial role that black women writers have played in the making of African-American literature from the best selling author of SEX & RACISM IN AMERICA.