Bibliographic Details

African-American writers : a dictionary / Shari Dorantes Hatch and Michael R. Strickland, editors ; foreword by Dorothy Strickland.

Imprint Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2000.
Description xv, 484 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Language English
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- Dictionaries.
African American authors -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
African Americans in literature -- Dictionaries.
African American authors.
African Americans in literature.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
American literature -- African American authors.
Reference works.
Biography -- Dictionaries.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Hatch, Shari Dorantes.
Strickland, Michael R.
ISBN 0874369592 (alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 447-452) and index.
Review by Choice Review

The first collective biography to focus on African American fiction and nonfiction writers, 1760 to the present, this book provides more than 500 entries, ranging in length from 25 words to several pages, and includes writers' favored genres, birth and death dates, biographical sketches, and references. It also includes articles on periodicals and presses (e.g., Negro World, Broadside Press) and topics (e.g., Black Arts movement, spirituals). Editors Hatch and Strickland describe their work as a "springboard for further research"; unfortunately, the entries lack complete bibliographies of either the authors' works or further reading. Most articles are unsigned. Oxford Companion to African American Literature, ed. by William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Hams (CH, Jan'98), is a more thorough and scholarly treatment of literary figures, although it covers only literary figures deemed "exemplary." Hatch and Strickland's work is unique for its inclusion of nonfiction writers such as John Hope Franklin, not to mention personalities like rapper Queen Latifah. Appendixes include a list of writers by genre, a chronology of writers, a chronology of "firsts," and a list of references. Black-and-white illustrations and an index are also included. Recommended for general and academic collections. C. S. McGowan; Fairfield University

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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