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By Bernard W. Bell

Library magazine writes: "Civil rights advances within the final 25 years have integrated an know-how that the conventional canon of yankee literature excluded very important minority authors. This learn is a robust addition to the turning out to be physique of scholarly research studying the Afro-American contribution. continuing chronologically from William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853) to experimental novels of the Eighties, Bell reviews on greater than a hundred and fifty works, with shut readings of forty-one novelists. His feedback are framed through an inquiry into the unique parts of Afro-American fiction. Bell's conclusions might impress various dialogue, for the booklet is widely available and should attract normal readers and undergraduates in addition to to literary students. Recommended."

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