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Title Dreaming out loud : African American novelists at work / [edited by] Horace Porter.

Publication Info. Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2015]


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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part One. On Becoming African American Novelists -- James Baldwin (1924-1987) -- Why I Stopped Hating Shakespeare (1964) -- Arna Bontemps (1902-1973) -- Introduction to Black Thunder (1968) -- Langston Hughes (1902-1967) -- From The Big Sea (1940) -- Richard Wright (1908-1960) -- From Black Boy (1945) -- James Baldwin -- From The Devil Finds Work (1976) -- Chester Himes (1909-1984) -- From The Quality of Hurt (1973) -- Ishmael Reed (1938- ) -- Boxing on Paper: Thirty-Seven Years Later (1988) -- James Alan McPherson (1943- ) -- On Becoming an American Writer (1978) -- Terry McMillan (1951- ) -- Introduction to Breaking Ice (1990) -- John Edgar Wideman (1941- ) -- From Brothers and Keepers (1984) -- Part Two. On Aesthetics, Craft, and Publication -- W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) -- Criteria of Negro Art (1926) -- Langston Hughes -- The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain (1926) -- Gayl Jones (1949- ) -- About My Work (1988) -- James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) -- Negro Authors and White Publishers (1929) -- Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) -- What White Publishers Won't Print (1950) -- John Edgar Wideman -- Preface to Breaking Ice (1990) -- Martha Southgate (1960- ) -- Writers Like Me (2007) -- Charles Johnson (1948- ) -- The Writer's Notebook: A Note on Working Methods (1999) -- Walter Mosley (1952- ) -- For Authors, Fragile Ideas Need Loving Every Day (2001) -- Part Three. On Writing Major Novels -- Richard Wright -- From "How 'Bigger' Was Born" (1940) -- Ralph Ellison (1913-1994) -- From "Introduction to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition of Invisible Man" (1981) -- Margaret Walker (1915-1998) -- From "How I Wrote Jubilee" (1972) -- Ernest J. Gaines (1933- ) -- Miss Jane and I (1978) -- Alice Walker (1944- ) -- Writing The Color Purple (1982) -- Ernest J. Gaines -- Writing A Lesson Before Dying (2005).
Toni Morrison (1931- ) -- Nobel Lecture (December 7, 1993) -- List of Contributors' Novels and Short Stories -- Notes -- Sources and Permissions -- Index.
Summary Dreaming Out Loud brings together essays by many of the most well-known and respected African American writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, discussing various aspects of the vocation, craft, and art of writing fiction. Though many of the writers included here are also accomplished poets, essayists, and playwrights, this collection and the essays it contains remains focused on the novel as a genre and an art form. Some essays explore the challenges of being an African American writer in the United States, broadly addressing aesthetic and racial prejudice in American publishing and literature and its changing face over the decades. Others are more specific and personal, recounting how the authors came to be a reader and writer in a culture that did not always encourage them to do so. Some are more general and focus on practice and craft, while still other essays offer detailed behind-the-scenes accounts of how famous novels, such as Native Son, Invisible Man, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and The Color Purple, came to life. Ranging from the Harlem Renaissance, through the Civil Rights movement, and into the twenty-first century, this anthology explores what it has meant to be an African American novelist over the past hundred years. Found within are essays by twenty-one African American novelists, including Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, National Book Award-winners Ralph Ellison and Charles Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winners Alice Walker and James Alan McPherson, and well-known canonical writers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, and Margaret Walker. Dreaming Out Loud seeks to inspire writers and readers alike, while offering a fascinating and important portrait of novelists at work in their own words. CONTRIBUTORS James Baldwin, Arna Bontemps, W.E.B. Du.
Bois, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Gaines, Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Gayl Jones, Terry McMillan, James Alan McPherson, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Ishmael Reed, Martha Southgate, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, John Edgar Wideman, Richard Wright.
Subject American fiction -- African American authors.
African Americans in literature.
Fiction -- Authorship.
Race awareness in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
REFERENCE -- Writing Skills.
African Americans in literature. (OCoLC)fst00799727
American fiction -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807049
Fiction -- Authorship. (OCoLC)fst00923713
Race awareness in literature. (OCoLC)fst01086463
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Porter, Horace A., 1950- editor.
Other Form: Print version: Dreaming out loud 9781609383350 (DLC) 2014034888 (OCoLC)891494595
ISBN 9781609383367 (electronic bk.)
1609383362 (electronic bk.)
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