Products in Classic Literature and Folk Tales
|African Folk Tales |
by Hugh Vernon-Jackson, Yuko Green
Entertaining stories handed down from generation to generation among tribal cultures include "The Magic Crocodile," "The Hare and the Crownbird," "The Boy in the Drum," 15 others. 19 illustrations.
|African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa |
by Leo Frobenius, Douglas C. Fox
These entertaining tales range from Kabyl creation legends of the Berbers to ballads of the southern Sahara. Immensely valuable for readers of African culture, folklore and mythology.
|African Myths and Folk Tales |
by Carter Godwin Woodson
Compiled by the "Father of Black History," these fables unfold amid a magical realm of tricksters and fairies. Recounted in simple language, they will enchant readers and listeners of all ages. Over 60 illustrations.
|African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927 |
by Joan R. Sherman
Rich selection of 74 poems ranging from religious and moral verse of Phillis Wheatley Peters (ca. 1753–1784) to 20th-century work of Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, and Langston Hughes. Introduction. Includes 4 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man |
by James Weldon Johnson
African-American writer's pioneering novel parallels his own life, probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white," and examines the American caste and class system. Major contribution to American literature.
|The Blacker the Berry |
by Wallace Thurman
The first novel to openly address color prejudice among black Americans, this moving tale unfolds amid the Harlem Renaissance in an enduringly relevant examination of racial, sexual, and cultural identity.
|Book of African-American Quotations |
by Joslyn Pine
This original collection of quotations cites approximately 100 well-known African Americans from all walks of life, including Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Julian Bond, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison.
|Brown Girl, Brownstones |
by Paule Marshall
Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, this 1953 coming-of-age novel centers on the daughter of Barbadian immigrants. "Passionate, compelling." — Saturday Review. "Remarkable for its courage." — The New Yorker.
|Clotel or The President's Daughter |
by William Wells Brown
The first novel by an African-American, this dramatic tale tells the fate of a child fathered by Thomas Jefferson with one of his slaves. The author, a former slave, powerfully depicts racial injustice.
|Great African-American Writers: Seven Books |
Contains Douglass' Narrative of his life; Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk; Washington's Up from Slavery; Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; and much more.
|The House Behind the Cedars |
by Charles W. Chesnutt
Originally published in 1900, this groundbreaking novel by a distinguished African-American author recounts the drama of a brother and sister who "pass for white" during the dangerous days of Reconstruction.
|Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl |
by Harriet Jacobs
Published in 1861, one of few extant slave narratives written by a woman. Powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life through the inspiring tale of one woman's dauntless spirit and faith.
|Infants of the Spring |
by Wallace Thurman
Rollicking satire of the Harlem Renaissance centers on the larger-than-life inhabitants of an uptown apartment building. The roman à clef's characters include stand-ins for Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alain Locke.
|Jamaican Song and Story: Annancy Stories, Digging Sings, Ring Tunes, and Dancing Tunes |
by Walter Jekyll, Philip Sherlock, Louise Bennett, Rex Nettleford, Alice Werner
This collection of authentic stories about Annancy, the trickster spider and Jamaican folk hero, features the best-known, most-loved tales, plus work songs and dance tunes. An invaluable treasure of Jamaican culture.
|The Marrow of Tradition |
by Charles W. Chesnutt
A landmark in the history of African-American fiction, this gripping 1901 novel unfolds against the backdrop of the post-Reconstruction South, climaxing in a race riot based on an actual 1898 incident.
|Masai Myths, Tales and Riddles |
by A. C. Hollis
These enchanting tales from the Masai of East Africa describe worlds of warriors and devils, monkeys and hyenas, earthquakes and comets — magical realms, in which everyday life takes on supernatural elements.
|Not Without Laughter |
by Langston Hughes
Poet Langston Hughes' only novel, a coming-of-age tale that unfolds amid an African-American family in rural Kansas, explores the dilemmas of life in a racially divided society.
by Nella Larsen
Married to a successful physician and prominently ensconced in society, Irene Redfield leads a charmed existence — until a chance encounter with a childhood friend who has been "passing for white."
|The Poems of Phillis Wheatley: With Letters and a Memoir |
by Phillis Wheatley
At the age of 19, Phillis Wheatley was the first black American poet to publish a book. Her elegies and odes offer fascinating glimpses of the beginnings of African-American literary traditions. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|Pudd'nhead Wilson |
by Mark Twain
Reversed identities, an eccentric detective, a horrible crime, and a tense courtroom scene are major ingredients in Twain's witty, yet fierce condemnation of a racially prejudiced society that condoned the institution of slavery.