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Learn more about The Norton Anthology of African American Literature:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393977781
ISBN-13: 9780393977783
Sku: 35212696
Publish Date: 12/30/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 2.25T
Pages:  2832
Edition Number:  2
 
*Author: Gates, Henry Louis (EDT)/ McKay, Nellie Y. (EDT)/ Gates, Henry Louis/ McDowell, Deborah E. (EDT) *Series Title: Norton Anthology *Publication Date: 2004/12/30 *Number of Pages: 2776 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 2.25 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.25
From the Publisher:
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|
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  • 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.
Annotation:
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.
Author Bio
Henry Louis Gates
In his memoir COLORED PEOPLE, Henry Louis Gates describes the place where he grew up: Piedmont, West Virginia. It was a middle-class African American community, where people took an interest in each other and where the little details of everyday life passed into local history. Gates studied at Harvard University, and became one of the country's foremost scholars of African American history and literature. He first made his name at Cornell and later at Yale, editing collections of slave narratives, and writing THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY. He was asked by Harvard to establish a world-class Black Studies department, to which he recruited leading scholars. A prodigious scholar himself, Gates assembled THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AFRO-AMERICAN LITERATURE, and created an entirely new online reference work, an encyclopedia of Africana based on the ideas first proposed by W.E.B. Dubois. He also edited lesser-known works by obscure writers, including Hannah Craft's THE BONDWOMAN'S NARRATIVE, which he believes is the first novel by a female slave. Gates is known to the general public as the host of several popular PBS series, including a series in which he traveled to Africa, one on genealogy called AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES, and, in 2007, FINDING OPRAH'S ROOTS, about the ancestry of TV personality Oprah Winfrey. In his personal life, Gates is a collector of memorabilia relating to the African American experience. In 2008, Henry Louis Gates was named editor-in-chief of The Root, an online magazine of the Washington Post Company.

In his memoir COLORED PEOPLE, Henry Louis Gates describes the place where he grew up: Piedmont, West Virginia. It was a middle-class African American community, where people took an interest in each other and where the little details of everyday life passed into local history. Gates studied at Harvard University, and became one of the country's foremost scholars of African American history and literature. He first made his name at Cornell and later at Yale, editing collections of slave narratives, and writing THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY. He was asked by Harvard to establish a world-class Black Studies department, to which he recruited leading scholars. A prodigious scholar himself, Gates assembled THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AFRO-AMERICAN LITERATURE, and created an entirely new online reference work, an encyclopedia of Africana based on the ideas first proposed by W.E.B. Dubois. He also edited lesser-known works by obscure writers, including Hannah Craft's THE BONDWOMAN'S NARRATIVE, which he believes is the first novel by a female slave. Gates is known to the general public as the host of several popular PBS series, including a series in which he traveled to Africa, one on genealogy called AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES, and, in 2007, FINDING OPRAH'S ROOTS, about the ancestry of TV personality Oprah Winfrey. In his personal life, Gates is a collector of memorabilia relating to the African American experience. In 2008, Henry Louis Gates was named editor-in-chief of The Root, an online magazine of the Washington Post Company.

Praise

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"A classic of splendid proportions." - Cornel West

New York Times
"We are canon makers!....There is no more question of the legitimacy of this literature." - Henry Louis Gates 12/12/1996

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"...'The Norton Anthology' is a triumph and should accomplish its goal of securing a place of acceptance and respect in the academy for African American literature. Such a volume was a monumental undertaking and the editors are to be commended for having fulfilled the challenge of presenting in one book the remarkable literary journey of a people who were, a mere 130 years ago, only coming out of slavery." - Julius Lester 12/15/1996

Literary Review
'This is a landmark of a book, a library packed into a single volume; I would take it on a round-the-world cruise, or into exile on a desert island." - Charles Wheeler April 1997

Harper's
"...An immensely interesting and valuable work...[that] will change the teaching of American literature in the classroom....Moreover, the volume may provide the happiest marriage of chronology with theme that I have seen in an anthology...." - Vince Passaro July 1997

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0002
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   2832
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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