Afro-American Literature in the Twentieth Century

The Achievement of Intimacy

Michael G. Cooke

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Michael Cooke examines the essential structure of Afro-American literature as it has developed in the twentieth-century, with special attention to works by Jean Toomer, Zora Neal Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Robert Hayden, and Alice Walker.

Michael G. Cooke is Professor of English at Yale University.

"For the serious student of black writers and black writing, this book is provocative and challenging, not to mention original.  If one's appetite for black literature is large, this book will be a continuous source of nourishment."—Charlayne Hunter-Gault

"Michael Cooke has opened a wholly new window on Afro-American literature.  The view is beautiful and exhilarating."—Roger Rosenblatt

"A brilliant unfolding of a timely idea."—Fredrick Woodard, University of Iowa

"This original and persuasive study offers an important critique for students of black literature—of literature whatever its color, really."—Library  Journal

"Professor Cooke has performed a significant service to black American literary criticism."—Arnold Rampersad, Times Literary Supplement

"Cooke has written a good book. The fine readings of individual works—Wright's Native Son, Toomer's Cane, Hayden's 'The Crystal Cave Elegy,' and The Autobiography of Malcolm X—are alone worth the price of admission." —Charles Scruggs, American Literature

"As a study looking inward to the black experience in literature, this book is an important contribution to the literary discourse of our time."—Nellie Y. McKay, Contemporary Literature

"A clear and . . . compelling history of black literature."—Robert J. O'Meally,  New York Times Book Review
 
ISBN: 9780300036244
Publication Date: March 11, 1986
242 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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