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By Emmanuel S. Nelson

There's growing to be renowned and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, besides expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its sort, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the amount profiles significant figures, comparable to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, besides many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve better realization. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have won approval for their various contributions to society.The entries are written through specialist participants and supply authoritative information regarding their topics. each one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the existence and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be by means of a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and issues, in addition to an summary of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with basic and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, normal bibliography concludes the amount. jointly, the entries supply an in depth portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the current.

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For future generations, her literary contributions will remain an eloquent reminder that “we are more alike…than we are unalike” (Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now 124).  Her storytelling abilities are marked with wisdom and humor as she reveals herself to the scrutiny of the reader with an often painful but honest candor. Angelou’s memoirs inspire hope in the face of adversity and reveal the resiliency of the human spirit as she “leads her readers to recognize that the human spirit need not cave in to ignorance, hatred, and oppression” (Leone 14).

Malcolm X,* and Vusumzi Make, a South African freedom fighter who became her second husband.  Two days after arriving in Ghana, her son Guy was critically injured in an automobile accident.  The middle passage and the auction block had not erased us” (207).  Angelou reiterates this hope at the Page 15 conclusion of All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes: “Through the centuries of despair and dislocation, we had been creative, because we faced down death by daring to hope” (207).  In 1973, Maya Angelou married her third husband, English writer and cartoonist Paul de Feu.

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