By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is becoming well known and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, in addition to expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its variety, 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 amount profiles significant figures, reminiscent of Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve larger cognizance. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received popularity of their assorted contributions to society.
The entries are written via specialist participants and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. every one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the lifestyles and achievements of the autobiographer. this is often through a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and issues, besides an outline of the autobiographer's serious reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a specific, basic bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries offer a close portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the present.
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