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Alexandre Dumas, 1829 by Achille Devéria [Public Domain]

African-American Writers

African American Literature
“. . . body of literature written by Americans of African descent. Beginning in the pre-Revolutionary War period, African American writers have engaged in a creative, if often contentious, dialogue with American letters. The result is a literature rich in expressive subtlety and social insight, offering illuminating assessments of American identities and history. Although since 1970 African American writers, led by Toni Morrison, have earned widespread critical acclaim, this literature has been recognized internationally as well as nationally since its inception in the late 18th century.”

AfroPoets.Net – Famous Black Writers
“Here you will find links to famous African-American poets such as Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, etc... At each Poet site, you will be able to read over their Biography, Poems, and even check out their picture....”

Award-Winning Literary and Scholarly Works by African Americans (to 2009)
“The following is a list of major awards won by African Americans for literary, journalistic, and scholarly writing compiled by San Diego State University Librarian Robert Fikes, Jr.  The list includes all awards earned by these writers for fiction and non-fiction.  Links to specific prizes appear immediately below.  The entire list follows at the end.”
Tons of Links to black/African American Authors

Selected Books by Black Authors in Which Blackness is Not the Predominant Theme Compiled by Robert Fikes, Jr., Librarian at University Library, San Diego State University 2008

Compiler’s note: This project began in the early 1980s with the intention of documenting through the output of mostly scholarly books the extent to which increased black authors increasingly addressed the world beyond the black community.  For purposes of control, books listed here are more than 100 pages in length by persons of African descent who are the sole or principal authors and who have lived in the United States.  Children’s books, novels, books with little or no text, edited books with multiple contributors, and those books believed to be mostly ghostwritten, self-published, or published by vanity presses were excluded.  Though some of these authors have written numerous books only one representative title per author is featured here.  The roughly 500 books listed were selected from the master bibliography containing nearly 1500 titles.” 

African American Women Writers

Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

“A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and
pamphlets published prior to 1920.”

A Celebration of Women Writers – African American Writers
Great site list authors name in alphabetical order and link one to either the office
websites of these authors or sites that gives a brief bibliography about that individual.


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