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American ethnic writers
Peck, David R.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2000]

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2 volumes : portraits ; 24 cm.
v. 1. Ai-Adrienne Kennedy -- v. 2. Jamaica Kincaid-Hisaye Yamamoto.


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This title explores the rich tradition of American ethnic writers and the ways in which they have expressed their sense of identity through literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Booklist Review

New addition to the Magill's Choice series draws most of its content from Identities and Issues in Literature (1997). Some 217 works by 136 authors are treated.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-For those libraries needing material on multicultural writers, this resource might be just the thing. The set examines the work of 136 authors, poets, and dramatists of African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Jewish-American, and Native American descent. The alphabetically arranged, signed entries are typically two-to-four pages in length and contain an average-quality, black-and-white photo of the author, biographical data, an analysis of one or two works (usually the most studied), and a bibliography. Identity and racial issues are discussed briefly. Some of the writers considered are: Ai, Sherman Alexie, Julia Alvarez, Saul Bellow, Nikki Giovanni, Tony Kushner, and Amy Tan. Three indexes (author, title, and ethnic identity) are provided. Most of the essays first appeared in the more comprehensive Identities and Issues in Literature (Salem, 1997); others were adapted from "Masterplots II" series titles. While the entries in Ethnic Writers are limited, they will provide quick summaries of important works and serve as a starting point for research on a number of writers.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Publisher's Notep. ix
Contributor Listp. xi
Crueltyp. 2
Greedp. 3
House of a Thousand Doorsp. 6
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenp. 10
Reservation Bluesp. 11
The Sacred Hoopp. 14
Spider Woman's Granddaughtersp. 15
The House of the Spiritsp. 19
The Infinite Planp. 20
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accentsp. 24
Bless Me, Ultimap. 27
Heart of Aztlanp. 28
Tortugap. 29
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoesp. 32
I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsp. 32
Poetryp. 34
The Promised Landp. 37
Arturo, the Most Brilliant Starp. 40
The Pentagoniap. 41
Black Mesa Poemsp. 44
Martin; and, Meditations on the South Valleyp. 45
Working in the Darkp. 46
Giovanni's Roomp. 49
Notes of a Native Sonp. 50
Gorilla, My Lovep. 54
The Salt Eatersp. 55
Blues Peoplep. 58
Daggers and Javelinsp. 59
Dutchmanp. 60
Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jonesp. 61
The Adventures of Augie Marchp. 64
Arna Wendell Bontempsp. 66
Black Thunderp. 67
Great Slave Narrativesp. 68
Woman with Horns and Other Storiesp. 72
Poetryp. 75
A Street in Bronzevillep. 76
Manchild in the Promised Landp. 79
The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slavep. 83
America Is in the Heartp. 86
The Rise of David Levinskyp. 89
Your Blues Ain't Like Minep. 92
Face of an Angelp. 95
The Last of the Menu Girlsp. 96
The Chickencoop Chinamanp. 99
Donald Dukp. 100
The Year of the Dragonp. 101
Eat a Bowl of Teap. 104
The House on Mango Streetp. 107
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Storiesp. 108
Soul on Icep. 111
Poetryp. 114
On These I Standp. 117
Angela Davisp. 121
The Motion of Light in Waterp. 124
Tritonp. 125
A Yellow Raft in Blue Waterp. 128
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglassp. 132
Grace Notesp. 136
The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Boisp. 140
The Souls of Black Folkp. 141
Poetryp. 144
Intercoursep. 147
The Franchiserp. 150
The MacGuffinp. 151
Invisible Manp. 155
The Beet Queenp. 159
Love Medicinep. 160
Where I Ought to Bep. 161
The Chinaberry Treep. 164
Torch Song Trilogyp. 167
The Conjure-Man Diesp. 170
A Soldier's Playp. 173
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittmanp. 177
Howlp. 180
Kaddishp. 181
Black Feeling, Black Talkp. 184
Geminip. 185
Dangerous Musicp. 188
A Raisin in the Sunp. 191
To Be Young, Gifted, and Blackp. 192
In Mad Love and Warp. 196
The Woman Who Fell from the Skyp. 197
Poetryp. 200
Fossil and Psychep. 203
The Womb of Spacep. 204
Poetryp. 207
When Heaven and Earth Changed Placesp. 210
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Lovep. 213
Mr. Ives' Christmasp. 214
Autobiographiesp. 217
Klail Cityp. 220
Volcanop. 223
Autobiographiesp. 227
Selected Poems of Langston Hughesp. 228
The Ways of White Folksp. 229
Dust Tracks on a Roadp. 233
Their Eyes Were Watching Godp. 234
Bondagep. 237
The Dance and the Railroadp. 238
Family Devotionsp. 239
M. Butterflyp. 240
Middle Passagep. 243
Along This Wayp. 246
The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Manp. 247
Saint Peter Relates an Incidentp. 248
Eva's Manp. 251
The Floating Worldp. 254
In the Heart of the Valley of Lovep. 255
Funnyhouse of a Negrop. 258
A Rat's Massp. 259
Author Indexp. 265
Title Indexp. 267
Ethnic Identity Listp. 271
Volume 2 Annie Johnp. 274
At the Bottom of the Riverp. 275
A Testament of Hopep. 279
China Menp. 282
The Woman Warriorp. 283
Obasanp. 287
The Painted Birdp. 290
Stepsp. 291
"Father and Son"p. 294
"Three Floors"p. 295
Angels in Americap. 298
Quicksandp. 301
Fresh Girls, and Other Storiesp. 305
Runawayp. 306
The Coffin Treep. 309
China Boyp. 312
The Winged Seedp. 315
The Cancer Journalsp. 317
Coalp. 319
Zamip. 319
Claude McKayp. 322
Banana Bottomp. 323
Banjop. 324
Home to Harlemp. 325
Poetryp. 326
Waiting to Exhalep. 330
The Surroundedp. 333
Wind from an Enemy Skyp. 334
The Assistantp. 338
The Fixerp. 339
The Autobiography of Malcolm Xp. 342
Continents of Exilep. 345
Death of a Salesmanp. 348
Red Azaleap. 351
El Bronx Rememberedp. 354
The Ancient Childp. 357
House Made of Dawnp. 358
Belovedp. 361
Song of Solomonp. 362
"The Management of Grief"p. 366
The Middleman and Other Storiesp. 367
Bailey's Cafep. 370
The Women of Brewster Placep. 371
Bonep. 374
No-No Boyp. 377
Silent Dancingp. 380
The Pagan Rabbi and Other Storiesp. 383
Enormous Changes at the Last Minutep. 387
Later the Same Dayp. 388
The Streetp. 391
"The Witness"p. 392
My Name Is Asher Levp. 395
City of Nightp. 399
This Day's Deathp. 400
God Made Alaska for the Indiansp. 403
New and Collected Poemsp. 404
Poetryp. 407
Son of a Smaller Herop. 410
The earth did not partp. 413
Hunger of Memoryp. 416
State of Warp. 419
Twice Blessedp. 420
Goodbye, Columbus, and Five Short Storiesp. 423
Portnoy's Complaintp. 424
"Ajanta"p. 427
"Eyes of Night-Time"p. 428
I've Been a Womanp. 432
Mile Zerop. 435
Black No Morep. 438
In Dreams Begin Responsibilitiesp. 441
Betsey Brownp. 444
For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enufp. 445
Storytellerp. 448
"A Crown of Feathers"p. 451
"Gimpel the Fool"p. 452
Picture Bridep. 455
A Summer Lifep. 458
The Content of Our Characterp. 462
The Hundred Secret Sensesp. 465
The Joy Luck Clubp. 466
The Kitchen God's Wifep. 467
Pochop. 471
The Moths and Other Storiesp. 474
Under the Feet of Jesusp. 475
The Heirs of Columbusp. 478
Interior Landscapesp. 479
Wordarrowsp. 480
The Color Purplep. 483
Possessing the Secret of Joyp. 484
Up from Slaveryp. 488
The Heidi Chroniclesp. 491
The Sisters Rosensweigp. 492
Fools Crowp. 495
Crusade for Justicep. 498
Brothers and Keepersp. 501
The Homewood Trilogyp. 502
All Rivers Run to the Seap. 505
A Beggar in Jerusalemp. 506
Nightp. 507
Fencesp. 510
Ma Rainey's Black Bottomp. 511
Two Trains Runningp. 512
Fifth Chinese Daughterp. 515
Poetryp. 518
American Hungerp. 521
Black Boyp. 522
Camp Notes and Other Poemsp. 525
"Seventeen Syllables"p. 528
Author Indexp. 533
Title Indexp. 535
Ethnic Identity Listp. 539