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Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era, and one of the greatest African-American writers of this century. A self-described "transatlantic commuter" who spent…

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

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The Messenger was the third most popular magazine of the Harlem Renaissance after The Crisis andOpportunity. Unlike the other two magazines, The Messenger was not tied to a civil rights organization. Labor activist A. Philip Randolph and economist Chandler Owen…

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The history of African-American life and thought presented in this anthology represents a far-reaching written and oral tradition, which is thought-provoking, inspiring, and impressive in its breadth. It includes poetry and prose by today's best and most…

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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Audrey Fisch's study examines the circulation within England of the people and ideas of the black Abolitionist campaign. By focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, an anonymous sequel to that novel, Uncle Tom in England, and John Brown's Slave…

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A breathtaking achievement, this Concise Companion is a suitable crown to the astonishing production in African American literature and criticism that has swept over American literary studies in the last two decades. It offers an enormous range of writers-from…

Alice Walker

by Maria Lauret

|January 2, 2000

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Since the publication of The Color Purple in 1983, Alice Walker has gained a reputation as one of the most popular and most controversial writers in the African American literary tradition. This book explains Walker's project as a "womanist" writer and as a…

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In addition to resurrecting the works of black women authors, it is our hope that this set will facilitate the resurrection of the Afro-American woman's literary tradition itself by unearthing its nineteenth-century roots.

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Teachers of English literature, music and multicultural studies will find this to be an invaluable source for supplementary reading and writing lessons on personal narrative, history, drama and poetry. Diverse methods of inspiring students to write through…

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In The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to go to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers. Not since her childhood has she lived in an almost black environment, and she is surprised at the…