Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Authors Since 1950, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414431740
  • ISBN-13: 9781414431741
  • DDC: 810.808960
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1499 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Authors since 1950 builds on the tradition established by the RUSA Award-Winning Black Literature Criticism, 1st Edition, published in 1992, and its Supplement, published in 1998.

The new set is designed to stand alone or, for libraries that own the previous releases of Black Literature Criticism, to complement them with a wealth of new materials. Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Authors since 1950 introduces students and other researchers to Black Literature's leading figures. Approximately one third of the set updates classic black authors originally covered in Black Literature Criticism , 1st Edition; the other two thirds of the set treat new and emerging authors not covered before. Overlap between this set and the original Black Literature Criticism is minimal, and all critical essays are new. Readers will find a wealth of background information as well as robust full-text criticism for each author, including biographical sketches, critical reception of works, explanatory notes and further readings. With approximately 75 entries, averaging 12,000 words in length, this set is designed to meet the needs of university students, upper high school students, general readers, and teachers.

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"For its specialized nature, its prose, and its cost, this scholarly work is highly recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries, even those repositories that have the first edition." --Library Journal, September 15, 2008

— Ricardo Cortez Cruz

"Libraries that have subscribed to the earlier GLC [Gale Literary Criticism] volumes will certainly want to add this new set, but smaller academic libraries on limited budgets will also do well to find room for these volumes. This set is recommended for all academic libraries." --ARBA, March 2009

— Ricardo Cortez Cruz

"I was impressed with the look of the volumes and elated to finally see a new infusion of black literary reference books that take a critical perspective while maintaining critical distance." -- Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Winner of the 1992 Charles H. & N. Mildred Nilon Award for Excellence in Minority Fiction

— Ricardo Cortez Cruz

"...includes coverage of 80 writers whose works are considered canon and have therefore been subjected to maor critiques, as well as writers who have appeared in major anthologies and encyclopedias of African American literature." --Booknews, August 2008


"The updates and additional authors covered make this a worthwhile purchase for libraries with the earlier volumes. Academic and public libraries that did not purchase the earlier volumes should still consider this as a valuable resource for newer black authors..." --Booklist, October 2008

— Booklist

"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above."--CHOICE, December 2008

— Choice

"The set reflects the quality expected of a Gale title. Recommended." --Library Media Connection, January/February 2009

— Library Media Connection