By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There's 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 type, 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, similar to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve better consciousness. whereas a few are identified basically for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received approval for their varied contributions to society.The entries are written by means of professional members and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. each one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the existence and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be via a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and subject matters, besides an outline of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with basic and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, normal bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries supply a close portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the current.
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