The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers: 30-volume set

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The writings of Afro-American women in the 19th century have remained buried in obscurity, accessible only in research libraries or in expensive and hard-to-find reprints. Many of these books have never been reprinted at all: in some instances only one or two copies are extant.

Oxford University Press, in collaboration with the Schomburg Library, is publishing thirty volumes of these compelling and rare works of fiction, poetry, autobiography, biography, essays, and journalism. Each volume contains an introduction written by an expert in the field, including such well-known scholars as Mary Helen Washington, Hazel Carby, Deborah McDowell, Valerie Smith, Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Frances Foster; together, this important new collection will make accessible for the first time the entire range of works written by black women between 1773 and 1910.

The series includes never-before-published reprinted texts, such as The Hazely Family, as well as Clarence and Corrine, Ann Plato's Essays, Phillis Wheatley's Collected Works, Emma Dunham Kelley's pioneering novel, Megda, Pauline Hopkins's three serialized novels, and Frances E. W. Harper's Complete Poems (never before collected). It also presents a newly discovered novel, Four Girls at Cottage City by Emma Dunham Kelley, as well as the first American edition of Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.

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Henry Louis Gates, Chairman of the Department of Afro-American Studies and W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University.

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"An extraordinary representation...The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers allows us for the first time to see clearly the full dimensions of the literary achievements of black women....The voices of these black women provide a stunning new collective portrait of the Afro-American rise from slavery to freedom....This magnificent project will dramatically change the landscape of Afro-American literature and American cultural history."--Eric J. Sundquist, The New York Times Book Review


"The collaboration among The Schomburg Library, Oxford University Press and these exceptional scholars is an extraordinary event--but the collection is a spectacular achievement."--Toni Morrison


"What an astonishing gift--to scholars, to readers, to historians and lovers of literature, to people in general--this collection is! These buried voices now coming into the light; those haunting faces. The words that tell us so passionately and truthfully where we have been, where we might go. To have all of these black women writers' works together in one collection seems almost a fabulous dream."--Alice Walker


"A literary treasure-chest...For scholars in nearly every field in the humanities, it is a gold mine, but it is particularly valuable for those teaching and writing about Afro-American women's literature, women's literature or American literature. Indeed, it is a collection we will have to turn to again and again...For the writing that it makes accessible to us, for the connections it encourages us to make, and for the necessary work it inspires us to continue, their is reason to celebrate. Here is not just one voice, but many--all lifted in a collective song of work, commitment and exhortation to pass it on."--The Women's Review of Books


"The amount of rediscovered material is staggering."--The Christian Science Monitor


"A literary treasure-chest...For scholars in nearly every field in the humanities, it is a gold mine, but it is particularly valuable for those of us teaching and writing about Afro-American women's literature, women's literature or American literature. Indeed, it is a collection we will have to turn to again and again....For the writing that it makes accessible to us, for the connections it encourages us to make, and for the necessary work it inspires us to continue, there is reason to celebrate. Here is not just one voice, but many--all lifted in a collective song of work, commitment and exhortation to pass it on."--The Women's Review of Books


"In an editorial feat of epic proportions, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has...reinstated black literary ancestresses to their positions of prominence. This handsome, 30-volume collection of autobiographies, essays, fiction, and poetry will change the way we read Afro-American literature."--The Village Voice


"A major event in both historical and literary publishing."--Georgia Historical Quarterly


"The massive publishing program, established in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will contain the work of a generation of black women that, until now, has been available only in rare book collections."--Publishers Weekly


"While scholars are saving enough to buy their own set, any research library that pretends to serve them will have to acquire it."--American Literature


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