Emmanuel S. Nelson's African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical PDF

By Emmanuel S. Nelson

ISBN-10: 0313309108

ISBN-13: 9780313309106

There has been a dramatic resurgence of curiosity in early African American writing. because the unintended 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 tests 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 throughout the overdue 18th and early nineteenth century, and later writers started to have interaction a number of issues in different genres.

A important aim of this reference booklet 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 energetic 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 topics, an summary of the author's serious reception, and first and secondary bibliographies. the quantity concludes with a specific, normal bibliography.

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Budgetary problems and an actual fire prevented publication of subsequent issues. GWENDOLYN BENNETT 21 In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and news columns, Bennett’s journalism activities included literary reviews, scholarly articles, critiques, columns, and rewrites of technical reports. Following the Great Depression, Bennett spent much of her time in public service and in helping promote artists and their works. CRITICAL RECEPTION Many of the renaissance themes—the beauty of blackness, racial pride, and contradictory experiences—are reflected in Gwendolyn Bennett’s poetry.

The Future of America, in the Unity of the Races” argues theologically against all prejudice, on the theme of consistency with God’s creation of a diverse human family. Some of Bell’s nonpolitical poems explore nature and the wonders of creation, which include, for Bell, the marvels of human progress. “Creation Light” expresses nineteenth-century optimism regarding technology as part of God’s work in the world. So does Bell’s only “Sonnet,” in which nature is “the daguerrotype of God” (220). Bell also praises motherhood, celebrates a wedding, gives moral advice to girls, describes a sea voyage, and retells the expulsion from Eden in various short poems.

1 (1985): 9–12. MARITA BONNER 35 Allen, Carol. Black Women Intellectuals: Strategies of Nation, Family, and Neighborhood in the Works of Pauline Hopkins, Jessie Fauset, and Marita Bonner. New York: Garland, 1998. Brown-Guillory, Elizabeth, comp. and ed. Wines in the Wilderness: Plays by African American Women from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. Burton, Jennifer, ed. Zora Neale Hurston, Eulalie Spence, Marita Bonner, and Others: The Prize Plays and Other One-Acts Published in Periodicals.

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