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African American Literature After 1950

Dictionary of Literary Biography via the Literature Resource Center

Afro-American Fiction Writers After 1955 1984. Rutgers-restricted Access
Afro-American Poets Since 1955 1985. Rutgers-restricted Access
Afro-American Writers After 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers 1985. Rutgers-restricted Access

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers
Yolanda Williams Page, Editor. 2 vols. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2007.
Entries include a biographical profile, major works, critical reception, and a bibliography of works by and about the author. Available?
Encyclopedia of African American Writing
Shari Dorantes Hatch. 2nd edition. Mellerton, Grey House Publishing, 2009.
Over 700 entries on individual writers, as well as on related topics and movements. Rutgers-restricted Access
African American National Biography
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, editors. New York, Oxford University Press, 2008.
Multivolume encyclopedia with supplements. Available?

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