Synopses & Reviews
Icons of African American Literature: The Black Literary World
examines 24 of the most popular and culturally significant topics within African American literature's long and immensely fascinating history. Each piece provide substantial, in-depth information—much more than a typical encyclopedia entry—while remaining accessible and appealing to general and younger readers.
Arranged alphabetically, the entries cover such writers as Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and August Wilson; major works, such as Invisible Man, Native Son, and Their Eyes Were Watching God; and a range of cultural topics, including the black arts movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the jazz aesthetic. Written by expert contributors, the essays discuss the enduring significance of these topics in American history and popular culture. Each entry also provides sidebars that highlight interesting information and suggestions for further reading.
"This title is the newest (and a welcome) addition to the Icon series, from Greenwood Icons. In this rich, well-written resource, students and fans alike find a detailed yet approachable overview of the major players and movements within African American literature. . . . Highly recommended as an academic library purchase, especially if the library owns other books in the Icon series, though the book is strong enough to stand on its own merit. Large public libraries with a significant African American literature readership will also find this tome to be a worthwhile collection purchase." -
• Supports the literature curriculum by providing detailed information about African American writers and their cultural milieu
• Supports the social studies curriculum by helping students learn about the enduring societal contributions of African Americans
• Includes a mix of topical and biographical entries
• Helps students respect cultural diversity
. 24 alphabetically arranged entries offer substantial but not overwhelming amounts of information
. Entries cover authors and cultural topics
. Sidebars give readers snapshots of interesting and significant information
. Bibliographies direct users to the most helpful print and electronic resources available
24 substantial entries provide extensive coverage of some of the most notable figures related to African American literature.
The 24 entries in this book provide extensive coverage of some of the most notable figures in African American literature, such as Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston.