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The 101 Most Influential Novels Written by African Americans

The authors & editors listed below are excellent sources of general information for research on African American History. would like to thank Professor Lawrence P. Jackson of the English Department at Emory University for his help in compiling this list. Text sources include William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster and Trudier Harris, eds., The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001); Melvin Donaldson, Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996); Henry Louis Gates and Nellie Y. McKay, eds., The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997); Patricia Liggins Hill, ed., Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998); Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, and Carol Taylor, eds., Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999).

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EditorAuthorBook/Article TitleAmazon Availabilitysort icon
Reed, IshmaelMumbo JumboYes
Reed, IshmaelYellow Back Radio Broke-Down Yes
Reed, IshmaelThe Last Days of Louisiana Red Yes
Schuyler, GeorgeBlack No MoreYes
Smith, William GardnerThe Last of the ConquerorsYes
Thurman, WallaceThe Blacker The Berry Yes
Thurman, WallaceInfants of the SpringYes
Toomer, JeanCaneYes
Walker, AliceMeridianYes
Walker, AlicePossessing the Secret of JoyYes
Walker, AliceThe Third Life of Grange Copeland Yes
Walker, AliceThe Color Purple Yes
Walker, MargaretJubileeYes
West, DorothyThe Living is EasyYes
Whitehead, ColsonThe IntuitionistYes
Wideman, John EdgarSent for You YesterdayYes
Wideman, John EdgarPhiladelphia FireYes
Williams, John A.Sons of Darkness, Sons of LightYes
Williams, John A.The Man Who Cried I AmYes
Williams, Sherley AnneDessa RoseYes
Wilson, HarrietOur Nig, or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-story White House, North. Showing that Slavery's Shadows Fall EveYes
Wright, RichardNative SonYes
Wright, RichardThe OutsiderYes
Yerby, FrankThe Foxes of HarrowYes
Yerby, FrankA Woman Called FancyYes
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