By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There's starting to be 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. integrated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the quantity 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 larger 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 through professional participants and supply authoritative information regarding their topics. 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 topics, in addition to an outline of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, common 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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