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African American Literature Up to 1940: Finding Biographical Information

Literature Online (LION)

Literature Online (LION)
Check "Author Pages" for biographies and lists of recent articles. Rutgers-restricted Access.


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?

Biographical Compilations

African American Authors, 1745-1945: Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Emmanuel S. Nelson. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2000. Rutgers-restricted Access
Afro-American Writers Before the Harlem Renaissance
Trudier Harris and Thadious M. Davis. Detroit, Gale, 1986. Rutgers-restricted Access
Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940
Thadious M. Davis and Trudier Harris. Detoit, Gale, 1987. Rutgers-restricted Access

Finding Books About Specific Authors

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  • Charles Waddell Chesnutt

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