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By Emmanuel S. Nelson

Unlike the other publication of its sort, this quantity celebrates released works from a large diversity of yankee ethnic teams infrequently featured within the common canon of literature.

• Highlights crucial print and digital assets on multicultural literature via an in depth bibliography

• positive aspects entries from 50 participants, all of whom are specialists of their fields

• comprises cultural works hardly ever highlighted in conventional textbooks, reminiscent of Iranian American literature, Dominican American literature, and Puerto Rican American literature

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In addition to his Broadway play, Richardson also wrote a number of other plays, including Mortgaged (1924), Compromise (1925), and The Broken Banjo (1925). Just as prolific as Richardson was Randolph Edmonds. Edmonds is credited with penning 50 plays; most of them were published in the collections Shades and Shadows (1930), Six Plays for a Negro Theatre (1934), and The Land of Cotton and Other Plays (1940). Other notable writers of the time period include Georgia Douglass Johnson, Eulalie Spence, and Dr.

2003). Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ushered in the contemporary era of autobiographies by African American women. Caged Bird contains many memorable incidents such as the Sunday when an overzealous Sister Monroe hits Rev. Thomas on the back of his head with her purse and Thomas’s dentures land by the young Maya’s right shoe. Such humorous events are overshadowed by Angelou’s recollections of her innocent uncle hiding in the potato and onion bins in order to escape a lynching mob and her mother’s boyfriend raping her when she is eight years old.

Two Pulitzer Prizes for drama were awarded to African American playwrights during the 1980s. Twelve years after Charles Gordone accepted the Pulitzer for No Place to Be Somebody, Charles Fuller accepted it for A Soldier’s Play (1981). Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, Louisiana, A Soldier’s Play is a mystery play that through the course of the plot attempts to uncover the murderer of Sgt. Vernon Waters, the leader of the African American company at the segregated World War II army base. The officer in charge of the investigation initially believes Waters’s death is a hate crime, but as the story unfolds he realizes that Waters was killed by one of his own men.

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