In Black And White
Six Profiles of African American Authors

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Charles Johnson
Charles R. Johnson stirred controversy when he criticized Alice Walker's portrayal of African-American men in The Color Purple. A former political cartoonist, he is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius…
Gloria Naylor
I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or make you feel miserable either," says Gloria Naylor. "Life is just supposed to make you feel." This…
Toni Morrison
Winner of numerous awards, most notably the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison made it possible for a new generation of African-American writers to have a voice in the mainstream…
Alice Walker
Perhaps best known for The Color Purple, which won both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, Alice Walker has a varied body of work that includes novels, short…
August Wilson
In 2005, playwright August Wilson published the final installment of his ten-part magnum opus, Pittsburgh Cycle-ten separate but thematically-linked plays about African American life, each set in a different decade…
John Wideman
I would find myself very angry about something, or very unhappy about something and not really know why, and the writing was a way to put some perspective on those…

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