By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is transforming into renowned 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 quantity profiles significant figures, reminiscent of Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, besides many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve higher consciousness. whereas a few are recognized essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received approval for their different contributions to society.
The entries are written by way of specialist participants and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. every one starts off with a concise biography, which summarizes the lifestyles and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be via a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and subject matters, in addition to an summary of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, normal bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries supply an in depth portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the present.
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