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Invisible Man by
Call Number: Gumberg 2nd Floor (PS3555 .L625 I5 2002)
Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of modern American Negro life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching--yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.
Ralph Ellison: A Biography by
Call Number: Gumberg 2nd Floor (PS3555 .L625 Z8725 2007)
In 1953, Ellison’s explosive story of an innocent young black man’s often surreal search for truth and his identity won him the National Book Award for fiction and catapulted him to national prominence. Ellison went on to earn many other honors, including two presidential medals and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, but his failure to publish a second novel, despite years of striving, haunted him for the rest of his life.
Black Boy by
Call Number: Gumberg 2nd Floor (PS3545.R815 Z96 2006)
Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment—a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
Native Son by
Call Number: Gumberg 2nd Floor (PS3545 .R815 N25 2005X)
Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
The Outsider by
Call Number: Gumberg 2nd Floor (PS3545.R815 O9 1993X)
The Outsider is Richard Wright's compelling story of a black man's attempt to escape his past.
A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics by
Call Number: Gumberg 3rd Floor (E185.97.B23 W66 1999)
Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka is best known as one of the African American writers who helped ignite the Black Arts Movement. This book examines Baraka's cultural approach to Black Power politics and explores his role in the phenomenal spread of black nationalism in the urban centers of late-twentieth-century America, including his part in the election of black public officials, his leadership in the Modern Black Convention Movement, and his work in housing and community development.
Roots: The Saga of an American Family by
Call Number: Gumberg 3rd Floor (E185.97 .H24 A33 1976X)
The monumental bestseller! Alex Haley recaptures his family's history in this drama of eighteenth-century slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by
Call Number: Available at Gumberg 3rd Floor (BP223.Z8 L57943 1999X)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
W. E. B. Du Bois by
Call Number: Gumberg 3rd Floor (E185.97.D73 A845 2015)
Alexander tells Du Bois' story in a clear and concise manner, exploring his racial strategy, civil rights activity, journalistic career, and his role as an international spokesman.
W. E. B. du Bois and the Souls of Black Folk by
Call Number: Gumberg 3rd Floor (E185.6 .D797328 2013)
While most scholarly discussions of The Souls of Black Folk focus on the veils, the color line, double consciousness, or Booker T. Washington, Shaw reads Du Bois' book as a profoundly nuanced interpretation of the souls of black Americans at the turn of the twentieth century.
The Souls of Black Folk by
Call Number: Gumberg 3rd Floor (E185.6 .D797 1997)
One of the most influential and widely read texts in all of African American letters and history, The Souls of Black Folkcombines some of the most enduring reflections on black identity, the meaning of emancipation, and African American culture.
W.E.B. Du Bois
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