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Northeastern Library of Black Literature

Editor: Richard Yarborough

We are no long accepting submissions for this series.


Alien Land

Action-packed and absorbing, a grim but sensitive picture of race and identity in America
Savoy, Willard

Black Empire

"Imagine W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Marcus Garvey rolled into one fascist superman, and there you have Dr. Henry Belsidus. . . [The novels] are an Afrocentrist's dream." -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New York Times Book Review
Schuyler, George Samuel; Hill, Robert A., ed.; Rasmussen, R. Kent, ed.; Williams, John A., foreword; Hill, Robert A., afterward

Black No More
Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Working of Science in the Land of the Free, A.D. 1933-1940
What would happen to the race problem in America if black people could suddenly become white?
Schuyler, George Samuel; Miller, James, foreword

Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line
Dispatches from a Black Journalista
This lively and thoughtful book explores what it means to be black in an allegedly postracial America
Kaplan, Erin Aubry and Michael Eric Dyson, fwd.

"Face Zion Forward"
First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798
Brings together for the first time the memoirs, sermons, and speeches of the early writers of the black Atlantic.
Brooks, Joanna; Saillant, John

The Hit And The Long Night

These two novels center on the numbers game and the consequences befalling those who "hit" as well as those who lose; together they represent an important transition between earlier black writers, such as Langston Hughes, and the more militant voices of the sixties and seventies.
Mayfield, Julian; Richards, Phillip M., foreword

Home To Harlem

A novel that gives voice to the alienation and frustration of urban blacks during an era when Harlem was in vogue
McKay, Claude, Cooper, Wayne F., fwd.

Infants Of The Spring

A satirical novel of the Harlem Renaissance.
Thurman, Wallace; Singh, Amritjit, foreword

Iron City

A groundbreaking work of African American proletarian literature, first published in 1951 and now back in print.
Brown, Lloyd L.; Wald, Alan, foreword

Love and Marriage in Early African America

An eye-opening anthology of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century African American primary writings on love, courtship, and family
Foster, Frances Smith, ed.

Loving Her

Originally published in 1974, Loving Her is the first novel by an African American author to deal explicitly with interracial lesbian love.
Shockley, Ann Allen; Lane, Alycee, foreword

Platitudes

A playful, irreverent look at the African-American literary community.
Ellis, Trey; Ashe, Bertram D., foreword

Sarah Phillips

"Andrea Lee's authority as a writer comes of an unstinting honesty and a style at once simple and yet luminous." -- New York Times Book Review
Lee, Andrea; Smith, Valerie, foreword

The Seeking

Now back in print, the groundbreaking memoir of one of the first black families in Vermont
Thomas, Will; Introduction by Dorothy Canfield Fisher; Edited, and with an Introduction and Afterword to the New Edition, by Mark J. Madigan and Dan Gediman

Sons Of Darkness, Sons Of Light
A Novel of Some Probability
This complex and inventive novel by one of the most significant African American writers of the twentieth century reflects the author's apocalyptic vision of black revolutionary impulses and reactionary white conspiracies in the late 1960s.
Williams, John A.; Yarborough, Richard, foreword

Trumbull Park

Frank Brown’s classic novel of racial strife in a Chicago housing project is once again in print.
Brown, Frank London