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African American Authors Subject Guide LRC@TCC

Scope: Basic resources on African-American literature (fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography)

Call number areas to browse:
PS153.N5 (General)
PS591.N4 (Poetry)
PS628.N4 (Drama)
PS663.N4 (Prose)

Keywords to search: authors, black, African American, afro, poets, writers, names of individual authors, and genre such as drama, poetry, plays.

Subjects to search (Library of Congress):

American literature-- Afro-American authors
American fiction-- Afro-American authors
American poetry-- Afro-American authors
American drama-- Afro-American authors
Afro-American authors
Afro-American poets
Afro-American novelists
Harlem Renaissance

Books in our catalog:
Gale Virtual Reference Library (r)
List of books written by African American authors
African American Writers
(REF PS153.N5A344 1990)
African American Writers and Artists
(REF NX512.3.A35H43 1990
Afro-American Fiction Writers After 1955
(REF PN4451.D52 .v 33)
Afro-American Poets Since 1955
(check catalog)
Black American Playwrights, 1800 to the Present: A Biobibliography
(REF PS153.N5 A71 1976)
Black Drama Anthology
(PS628.N4 K5 1972)
Black Theater USA: 45 Plays by Black Americans, 1847-1974
(PS628.N4 H3)
Black Writers of America: A Comprehensive Anthology
(REF PS508.N3 B24 1972)
Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Literary biographies of 100 Black Women Writers 1900-1945
(REF PS153.N5R65 1990)
Masterpieces of African-American Literature
(REF PS153.N5 M264 1992)
Memory of Kin: Stories about Family by Black Writers
(PS509.F27 M46 1991)
Modern Black Poets: A Collection of Critical Essays
(PS310.N4 G4)
Oxford Companion to African American Literature
(REF PS153.N5 O96 1997)
Poetry of Black America: Anthology of the 20th century
(PS591.N4 A32)
Wines in the Wilderness: Plays by African-American Women from the Harlem Renaissance
(PS628.N4 W56 1990)

Library Resources (r): 
Humanities International Complete


African-American Poetry, 1760-1900. 2500 full-text poems

Literature Resource Center Full text. Gale Research complete reference center offering biographies, bibliographies, and full text criticisms of authors and their work. Essays on authors genres, literary movements, themes, and topics. Scribner Writer Series, Twayne's Authors Series, and a research guide are included.

MLA International Bibliography indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Project Muse 40+ full text scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

Internet Resources:

African-American Electronic Text Center offers full text from African American writers.

African American Literature Book Club

African American Online Writers Guild Supporting and empowering black writers.

Black Literature Books by, for, and about black people.

Born in Slavery narratives from the Library of Congress.

Writing Black Literature and history written by and about African Americans including Baldwin, Chesnutt, Ellison, and others.