Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-407-3
# of Pages: 900
# of Volumes: 3
Print List Price: $295
e-ISBN: 978-1-64265-408-0
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Notable African American Writers, 2nd Edition

March 2020

Five Centuries of Contribution: Trials & Triumphs of Writers, Poets, Publications and Organizations.

Documenting the ever-growing African American literary tradition, this new edition highlights African Americans who wrote centuries ago, as well as modern storytellers whose work reflects the changing global landscape. Readers will explore what inspired various African-American writers to create poems, plays, short stories, novels, essays, opinion pieces and numerous other works, and how those writing contributed to American culture. From autobiography to young adult fiction, these volumes provide an overview and more in-depth context of each author's biography and literary career as well as a ready-reference listing of his or her major works in all genres. Some new entries include:

  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Dawn Lundy-Martin
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Terrance Hayes
  • Anna Deavere Smith
  • Jess Mowry
  • Teju Cole
  • Roxane Gay
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Bell Hooks
  • Safiya Henderson-Holmes
  • Suzan-Lori Parks

Each essay identifies the writer's major genres, and birth and death dates and places. In addition to essays on the writers themselves, the set includes detailed essays on African American drama, long fiction, poetry and short fiction. The three-volume set also includes a Chronological List of Authors; Genre Index; Personages Index; Title Index; Subject Index; and dozens of photographs. Designed to introduce readers at the high school and university level to the rich world of African American literature, this three-volume collection will provide students with careful research and resources for further exploration into these rich literary traditions. 


Updated through 2018, with hundreds of new entries this new edition includes:

  • Many new Author biographies, for a total of 500, with illustrations, cover the important events in a writer's life, education, major works, honors and awards, and family and important associations
  • More Topical entries, including writing collaborative, book clubs, celebrity authors and self-publishing
  • More Primary Documents to take the reader on a literary journey from a slave contract in 1635 to the present day
  • Appendix of Writers by Occupation, covering additional authors in multiple genres, with author & pen name, birth year, genre and more
  • Appendix of Writers by Genre, covering newspapers, journals, publishers, online resource, and illustrators, each with an introduction and listings of top authors in each genre, their pen names, key publications and awards
  • Chronology of Writers & Historical Timelines
  • Chronology of Firsts, with interesting facts, from the first narrative written by and African-American slave, to the first African-American to receive the Nobel prize for literature
  • A list of Abbreviations, References & Cumulative Index