African American autobiographers: a sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson

By Emmanuel S. Nelson

There's starting to be renowned and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, in addition to expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its type, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the quantity profiles significant figures, similar to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, besides many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve larger consciousness. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received popularity of their various contributions to society.The entries are written through specialist members and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. each one starts off with a concise biography, which summarizes the existence and achievements of the autobiographer. this is often via a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and issues, besides an summary of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a specific, basic bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries supply a close portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the current.

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Angelou’s memoirs inspire hope in the face of adversity and reveal the resiliency of the human spirit as she “leads her readers to recognize that the human spirit need not cave in to ignorance, hatred, and oppression” (Leone 14).  Angelou has been quoted as saying that she enjoys the “stretching” required in going from book to book (32).  Angelou’s linear journey, in search of home and self­definition, comes full circle when she realizes that no matter how much she loves Africa, the roots of her ancestry, it is not her true home, and she returns “home’’ to America.

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