African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical by Emmanuel S. Nelson

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 Nineteen Twenties; and within the final decade on my own, numerous significant exams of 18th and nineteenth century African American literature were released. Early African American literature builds on a robust oral culture of songs, folktales, and sermons. Slave narratives began appearing throughout the past due 18th and early nineteenth century, and later writers started to interact a number of topics in assorted genres.

A important target of this reference publication is to supply a wide-ranging advent 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. every one access is written through knowledgeable contributor and offers a biography, a dialogue of significant works and subject matters, an summary of the author's serious reception, and first and secondary bibliographies. the amount concludes with a particular, normal bibliography.

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He then took a job in the Los Angeles post office, where Wallace Thurman* was also employed. During the summer of 1924 Bontemps learned that his poem “Hope” would be published in Crisis. Given the rise in literary activity, it is no surprise that Bontemps headed for Harlem in August 1924. Bontemps found employment at Harlem Academy, a Seventh-Day Adventist school in Harlem, and also took graduate classes at Columbia University. * As a core member of the literati, Bontemps enjoyed the camaraderie and support that the writers, painters, poets, and singers offered each other.

William Wells Brown says Bell combined “the highest excellence of the poet with the best style of the orator,” a style “not easily described” but exemplifying the “negro’s . . great delight in rhetorical exercise, his inward enthusiasm, his seeming power to transport himself into the scene which he describes, or the emotion he has summoned” (504–5). Bell’s friend and former pastor, Bishop Arnett, describes Bell’s poetry as a “crystalline stream, which came bubbling, sparkling, leaping, rolling, tumbling and jumping down the mountain side” (10).

New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, rev. , 1931. 244. ” Fire!! 1 (November 1926): 25–28; reprinted in Voices from the Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Nathan Huggins. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. 191– 97. ” Ebony and Topaz: A Collectanea. Ed. Charles S. Johnson. New York: National Urban League, 1927; Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. 149–50. ” Howard University Record 19 (December 1924): 65–66. ” Howard University Record 19 (February 1925): 172. ” Opportunity (a monthly column published August 1926–May 1928).

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