||African-American writing in all genres is finally given its critical due as a legitimate literary tradition in its own right in the latest (and most talked-about) addition to the "Norton Anthology" series. Its publication, under the much publicized direction of general editors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Nellie McKay, has conferred canonical status on exemplary African-American poetry, short fiction, novel, drama, autobiography, journals, and letters, including 11 major works, from Frederick Douglass's "Narrative" to Toni Morrison's "Sula". A companion CD, advertised in a coupon included with the book, provides spoken-word recordings of many of the blues, gospel, spirituals, jazz, rap, folk tales, sermons, prayers, testimonies, and speeches featured in the book itself.
||Welcomed on publication as "brilliant, definitive, and a joy to teach from," (Russ Castronovo, University of Miami) The Norton Anthology of African American Literature was adopted at more than 1,275 colleges and universities worldwide. Now, the new Second Edition offers these highlights:|Nine new writers|The Second Edition includes nine new writers spanning three centuries: Jupiter Hammon, Venture Smith, Martin Delany, Elizabeth Keckley, Gayl Jones, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, and Harryette Mullen.|Strengthened Vernacular Tradition|Building on the editors' view that vernacular expression lives in performance, the original Audio Companion CD has been expanded to a two-CD set; Disc 1, Music, includes vocal and instrumental pieces-from ragtime to Motown. Disc 2, Spoken Word, offers 24 speeches, readings, and performances, from Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois to Amiri Baraka and Rita Dove.|11 complete longer works|Venture Smith, A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa: But Resident Above Sixty Years in the United States of America (new); Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Nella Larsen, Quicksand (new); Richard Wright, The Man Who Lived Underground; Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha; Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun; Amiri Baraka, Dutchman; Ed Bullins, Goin'a Buffalo: A Tragifantasy; Adrienne Kennedy, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White; August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (new).|Strengthened Apparatus and a More Readable Format|| An extensive, new Selected General Bibliography| Revised—some entirely rewritten—period introductions, headnotes, footnotes, and updated author bibliographies| Updated timeline| A new trim size and bolder typeface for easier reading||Thoroughly Revised "Literature Since 1975"|Succeeding the late Barbara Christian, new editor Cheryl A. Wall has included 5 new writers-poet Harryette Mullen and fiction writers Gayl Jones, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, and Colson Whitehead. In addition, Wall has rewritten the period introduction and many headnotes in their entirety and updated all apparatus.|Course Guide by Joycelyn A. Moody, University of Washington|Thoroughly revised, the Course Guide is now a more helpful resource. It provides a wealth of thematic approaches to teaching with The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, teaching suggestions for individual works, questions and research projects, bibliographic resources for all authors, and a special section on teaching the vernacular traditions. Throughout, the Guide suggests ways to integrate the content of the Audio Companion CDs with the printed texts.