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By Bernard W. Bell

Library magazine writes: "Civil rights advances within the final 25 years have incorporated an knowledge that the normal canon of yankee literature excluded vital minority authors. This examine is a sturdy addition to the growing to be physique of scholarly research analyzing the Afro-American contribution. continuing chronologically from William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853) to experimental novels of the Nineteen Eighties, Bell reviews on greater than one hundred fifty works, with shut readings of forty-one novelists. His feedback are framed by way of an inquiry into the targeted components of Afro-American fiction. Bell's conclusions could galvanize various dialogue, for the publication is generally available and may attract common readers and undergraduates in addition to to literary students. Recommended."

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