Monday, February 28, 2011

The Literary Alphabet - Installment Four

Zora Neale Hurston, author, folklorist, anthropologist. One of the preeminent writers of twentieth century [African-American] literature, Hurston’s work has influenced many authors including Alice Walker, whose 1975 article, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston,” revived interested in the artist. Closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is used in many college classrooms to date.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Literary Alphabet - Installment 3

J. California Cooper, author and playwright. Born Joan California Cooper in Berkeley, CA, this artist has written numerous plays and short story series and was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978. Her first collection of short stories was published in 1984 by Alice Walker's publishing company.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Literary Alphabet: Installment 2

James Baldwin, novelist, playwright, poet. Baldwin is known for works that deal with prejudice with regards to race and sexuality. Desiring to reach a scope beyond the single vision of "Negro issues" or "Negro writing," Baldwin left the U.S. for France where he spent the majority of his later life.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

African-American History Month Salute: The Literary Alphabet

A is Angelou, Maya.

In 1995, writer Maya Angelou was recognized for remaining on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List for two years—the longest running record in history. Ms. Angelou was also the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, California, before graduating from high school.