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On Freedom and the Will to Adorn: The Art of the African American Essay

Cheryl A. Wall


Although they have written in various genres, African American writers as notable and diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker have done their most influential work in the essay form. The Souls of Black Folk, The Fire Next Time, and In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens are landmarks in African American literary history. Many other writers, such as Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and Richard Wright, are acclaimed essayists but achieved greater fame for their work in other genres; their essay work is often overlooked or studied only in the contexts of th ... More

Keywords: Essay, African American, Literary genre, Literary history, Oratory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469646909
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl A. Wall, author
Rutgers University