Gates, Henry Louis. Black Literature, 1827-1940. Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., 1987-
Documents cover black periodical literature published between 1827-1940 and include four genres: fiction, poetry, book reviews and literary notices. Reviews contain judgements of literary works and notices refer to general literary matters.
The collection is not just of social and historical importance in understanding the Afro-American experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also has considerable literary significance. It demonstrates that relatively uneducated black people produced literature of the same quality as well-educated white people writing in publications such as Scribner's at the same time.
A number of the texts are written by women and deal with black women's issues. A group of white authors who wrote for black periodicals are included as well.
Some articles are in French and not translated.
Randomly placed on fiche, but well indexed. Fiche housed in numerical order.
FIC FINDING AIDS:
Black Literature, 1827-1840: Author/Title Index to Unit 1 edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Index is divided into two sequences: author and title. Full bibliographic citationand fiche number are given for each entry. First line of piece is used for untitled entries.
Book reviews and literary notices are indexed under both the author and title discussed as well as under the author and tile of the review or notice itself.
Translators are indexed.
American literature--Afro-American-- Indexes
American literature authors --19th century--Indexes
American literature--20th century--Indexes