By Bernard W. Bell

Library magazine writes: "Civil rights advances within the final 25 years have incorporated an expertise that the normal canon of yankee literature excluded vital minority authors. This examine is a robust addition to the transforming into physique of scholarly research studying the Afro-American contribution. continuing chronologically from William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853) to experimental novels of the Eighties, Bell reviews on greater than a hundred and fifty works, with shut readings of forty-one novelists. His feedback are framed via an inquiry into the detailed parts of Afro-American fiction. Bell's conclusions may perhaps impress assorted dialogue, for the booklet is greatly available and may attract normal readers and undergraduates in addition to to literary students. Recommended."

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