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Black Literature Matters: Further Reading

The bibliography below is presented to help those who wish to learn more about the books and authors included in our exhibition Black Literature Matters. All books are in the Society Library collection and the vast majority are in our open, circulating stacks. Titles are linked to our catalog. Be sure to check the hyperlinked subject headings in each book's record if you wish to explore more. And when you go to the stacks to retrieve a book, be sure to look on the shelves around it. The book you didn't know you were looking for may be right there. 

In some cases, these resources will be useful to students and scholars looking to do a "deep dive," while others provide more general context to orient readers among the rich worlds represented in the exhibition. We have included works of criticism and literary history, biographies, letters, reference works, interviews, and more. Anthologies published across several decades are also included to provide interesting insight into canon formation, changes in taste and aesthetics, and to introduce readers to work by authors that may have been neglected over the years. 

Use the links to go directly to areas of interest:

AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

WRITERS OF THE CARIBBEAN

WRITERS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

LIBRARIANS


AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

Criticism & History

FEATURED WRITERS

*click on author headings to see books written by featured authors

Zora Neale Hurston

See the following collections for their textual notes and introductions

These collections of Wheatley’s writings include significant supplementary text and scholarly annotations:

Marita Bonner 

Samuel Delany

The Library has no secondary biographical or critical works about Delany. See thse memoirs, letters, and interviews

  • The short stories of Frank Yerby (edited by Veronica T. Watson) (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) (see introduction) F Y
  • Writing in America (Rutgers University Press, 2018) (contains the essay by Yerby “How and why I write the costume novel")  820.9 W

WRITERS OF THE CARIBBEAN


WRITERS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

Criticism & History

Anthologies 

FEATURED WRITERS

Chinua Achebe

Ngugi wa Thiong’o