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Children of the Night : The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present (Inscribed By Naylor)

Naylor, Gloria (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0316599263 / ISBN 13: 9780316599269
Published by Little, Brown & Company, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Near Fine+ Hardcover
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Title: Children of the Night : The Best Short ...

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

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A collection of contemporary short works combines the writings of such noted African-American authors as Maya Angelou, Jamaica Kincaid, Terry McMillan, and Alice Walker. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. BOMC Main.

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The "best" short stories seems an oddly cliquish categorization for any treasury of African American writing, if only because black authors have long expressed displeasure at their own exclusion from the canon. Yet this superb collection lives up to its billing; the 37 stories unabashedly depict the great diversity of black life. Compiled by Naylor (The Women of Brewster Place), the anthology includes such familiar names as Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, Jamaica Kincaid and Ntozake Shange, and such relative newcomers as Edwige Danticat. In their tales, characters normally found in the wings of fiction move to center stage, and some conventional literary perspectives (as perceived by white Americans) are turned inside out. In the stories about slavery, literature challenges mythical history as a source of authority about the past. Sherley Anne Williams's "Meditation on History" is by turns ironic and heartrending in its account of a slave uprising from the points of view of the aggrieved, patronizing master and the desperate slaves. Likewise, depictions of plantation life by John Edgar Wideman, Samuel Delaney and Carolivia Herron explode the nostalgic myth of gentility and loss exemplified by Gone with the Wind. James Baldwin's "Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone," as well as coming-of-age narratives by Toni Cade Bambara and Harold Gordon, features protagonists looking back to that moment when their vague, pervasive uneasiness culminates in bitter recognition of disenfranchisement. Freed from ideological constraints, many of the writers lead their characters bravely through the shadowy realm of racial ambivalence. The collection, in fact, highlights an African American tradition that has itself come of age, one that is poised to irrevocably alter the country's literary sensibilities.
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