By Emmanuel S. Nelson

There has been a dramatic resurgence of curiosity in early African American writing. because the unintentional rediscovery and republication of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig in 1983, the works of dozens of nineteenth and early twentieth century black writers were recovered and reprinted. there's now an important revival of curiosity within the Harlem Renaissance of the Twenties; and within the final decade by myself, a number of significant exams of 18th and nineteenth century African American literature were released. Early African American literature builds on a powerful oral culture of songs, folktales, and sermons. Slave narratives began appearing in the course of the overdue 18th and early nineteenth century, and later writers started to have interaction a number of topics in various genres.

A primary aim of this reference e-book is to supply a wide-ranging creation to the 1st 2 hundred years of African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for seventy eight black writers lively among 1745 and 1945. between those writers are essayists, novelists, brief tale writers, poets, playwrights, and autobiographers. each one access is written via knowledgeable contributor and gives a biography, a dialogue of significant works and subject matters, an outline of the author's serious reception, and first and secondary bibliographies. the amount concludes with a specific, common bibliography.

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Opportunity (August 1929): 254–55. Plum Bun, by Jessie Redmon Fauset. Opportunity (September 1929): 287. Salah and His American, by Leland Hall. Opportunity (March 1934): 92. Studies of Gwendolyn Bennett Bontemps, Arna, ed. Harlem Renaissance Remembered: Essays Edited with a Memoir. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1972. Brown, Sterling. Negro Poetry and Drama. Washington, DC: Associates in Negro Folk Education, 1937. Cullen, Countee. Caroling Dusk: An Anthology of Verse by Negro Poets. New York: Harper and Row, 1927.

Dubuque, IA: W. C. Brown, 1969. , ed. African-American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992. ———. Invisible Poets: Afro-Americans of the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1974, 1989. White, Newman Ivey, and Walter Clinton Jackson. An Anthology of Verse by American Negroes. Durham, NC: Trinity College Press, 1924. GWENDOLYN BENNETT (1902–1981) Gwendolyn S. Jones BIOGRAPHY Gwendolyn Bennett was a writer, artist, teacher, administrator, and community activist but is most remembered as a Harlem Renaissance poet.

Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. 58–59. Matlack, Lucius C. Narrative of the Anti-Slavery Experience of a Minister in the Methodist E. Church: Who Was Twice Rejected by the Philadelphia Annual Conference, and Finally Deprived of Licence [sic] to Preach for Being an Abolitionist. Philadelphia: Martin and Boden, 1845. HENRY WALTON BIBB 29 Mullen, Harryette. 3 (1996): 670–89. Osofsky, Gilbert. ” Puttin’ on Ole Massa. New York: Torchbooks, 1969.

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