Bibliographic Details

African-American writers / Philip Bader.

Author / Creator Bader, Philip, 1969-
Imprint New York : Facts On File, c2004.
Description x, 294 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Series A to Z of African Americans
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- Bio-bibliography -- Dictionaries.
African American authors -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
African Americans in literature -- Dictionaries.
Authors, American -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
African American authors.
African Americans in literature.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
American literature -- African American authors.
Authors, American.
Reference works.
Bio-bibliography -- Dictionaries.
Biography -- Dictionaries.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 0816048606 (acid-free paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-270) and indexes.
Review by Choice Review

One of ten volumes so far in Facts on File's "A to Z of African Americans" series, this volume covers 151 writers, including the expected novelists, poets, and dramatists, but adding essayists, literary critics, and abolitionists, among others. Entries are alphabetical and range from relatively unknown poets of the 18th century (Jupiter Hammon, Lucy Terry) to the novelists of today's generation (Colson Whitehead, Edwidge Danticat). Entries generally run from one to three pages, are well written and concise, and are followed by a handful of further readings. The text is preceded by a three-page introduction that briefly outlines the intricate history of African American literature. The work includes over 50 black-and-white photos and clear cross-references. It concludes with the useful but brief "Bibliography and Recommended Sources," as well as helpful lists of entries by genre, subject ("Expatriates," "Folklore," "Harlem Renaissance," "Jazz," "Protest"), and author's year of birth. The index helps locate titles of works when the author is unknown. Although very useful, this source might better be termed a "concise" encyclopedia. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates. M. P. Tosko University of Akron

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