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Encyclopedia of African-American writing : five centuries of contribution : trials & triumphs of writers, poets, publications and organizations
2009
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A revised edition of a work originally published in 2000 by ABC-CLIO, here edited by Hatch (African American Writers: A Dictionary), this voluminous and inclusive collection consists of 738 entries that cover authors and other topics related to African American writing, such as newspapers, magazines, journals, and publishers and figures such as educators, playwrights, journalists, academics, editors, and librarians from the past 500 years. Considerable information is provided in this hefty volume, with topics ranging from the Pittsburgh Courier (a weekly African American newspaper) and journalist Philippa Duke Schuyler to African American Vernacular English (aka Ebonics) and Kelly Miller, the first African American graduate student in mathematics. While it is difficult to edit a work of this scope, several problematic stylistic challenges appear to have crept into the text. In the entry for actor Ossie Davis, for example, the actor is referred to as "a wee little boy in Cogdell, Georgia." And in an entry on renowned sociologist Charles S. Johnson, the elder Johnson's congregation is referred to as "a fine big church." Bottom Line Although unsigned, the entries are highly accessible, very current, and chock-full of information for a range of audiences. A similar one-volume work is Facts On File's Encyclopedia of African-American Literature (2007) as well as the five-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (2005). Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries.-Kam W. Teo, Weyburn P.L., Sask. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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A timely survey of an important sector of American letters, The Encyclopedia of African-American Writing covers the role and influence of African American cultural leaders, from all walks of life, from the 18th century to the present. 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 writings contributed to culture in America today.
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