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African American women writers
Wilkinson, Brenda Scott.
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [2000]

Physical Description:
ix, 166 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.
Discusses the lives and work of such notable African American women authors as: Phillis Wheatley, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and Terry McMillan.
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PS153.N5 W49 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
PS153.N5 W49 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Meet the black women writers who Lived Their Dreams-from the early years to modern times

Margaret Walker Alexander
Maya Angelou
Toni Cade Bambara
Gwendolyn Brooks
Octavia Butler
Lucille Clifton
Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson
Jessie Redmon Fauset
Nikki Giovanni
Lorraine Hansberry
Frances E. W. Harper
Zora Neale Hurston
Harriet Jacobs
Audre Lord
Paule Marshall
Terry McMillan
Toni Morrison
Ann Petry
Ntozake Shange
Sojourner Truth
Alice Walker
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Dorothy West
Phillis Wheatley

Author Notes

BRENDA WILKINSON is a recipient of a School Library Journal Best Children's Book Award, an American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults Award, and a New York Times Book Review Outstanding Children's Book of the Year Award.
JIM HASKINS has written more than one hundred nonfiction books for young readers, including Diary of a Harlem School Teacher; his collaboration with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story; The Harlem Renaissance; and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation. He is Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and the winner of numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for the body of his work, the Carter G. Woodson Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. This new Black Stars series of collective biographies boasts well-known authors as well as the imprimateur of James Haskins as general editor. Arranged in rather sweeping chronological categories (Early Years, Civil War Years, Next Century, Modern Times), each book contains 20-plus two-to-three-page profiles, most accompanied by a black-and-white portrait photo. Nothing is pursued in depth, and more somber or controversial aspects of the subjects' lives are indicated in roundabout ways if at all (there's no mention, for example, of Maya Angelou's being raped, the scars of which figured so prominently in her writing). The subjects, however, have been thoughtfully selected, and the writing is straightforward but lively enough to engage. Cox includes both women and men in his roundup and supplies notes. Wilkinson, who focuses largely on writers known for adult books, sacrifices notes to include a page of "Other Noted Writers" and some recommended readings by authors who write for children and teens. Both books have a time line, a solid bibliography, and a chronology. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Two accessible collective biographies. Healers includes 24 individuals from Colonial times to the present, focusing on nurses, researchers, and doctors. Some are not well known, such as Dr. James Durham, who was born into slavery in 1762, bought his freedom, and became the first African-American doctor in this country. Others, like Charles Richard Drew or Joycelyn Elders, are more familiar. Each of the brief personal histories emphasizes the accomplishments of these pioneers in the field of medicine. Wilkinson's book spans the same time period and features 24 writers, the majority of whom will be familiar to most readers. From Phillis Wheatley to Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Octavia Butler, and Terry McMillan, the authors represent a variety of genres. Each sketch includes a handsome black-and-white photo or reproduction and three to five pages of text along with occasional quotes from the woman's writing. Good introductions to their subjects' lives and accomplishments.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Early YearsPhillis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth
The Civil War Years and ReconstructionHarriet Jacobs and Frances E. W. Harper and Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Into the New CenturyJessie Redmon Fauset and Zora Neale Hurston and Dorothy West and Ann Petry
Modern TimesMargaret Walker Alexander and Gwendolyn Brooks and Maya Angelou and Paule Marshall and Lorraine Hansberry and Toni Morrison and Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker and Octavia Butler and Ntozake Shange and Terry McMillan
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