My Favorite African-American Fiction Writers

 

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  This is just a list of my own personal favorites from reading over the years.

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Edward P. Jones – First he had the two magnificent short story collections ‘Lost in the City’ and ‘All Aunt Hagar’s Children’.  Then followed his novel about slavery from a black slaveowner’s perspective, ‘The Known World’.  Jones hasn’t missed yet.

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thumbToni Morrison –  Here is our Nobel Literature Prize winner, so many wonderful novels:  ‘Song of Solomon’, ‘Beloved’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Sula’, and don’t forget ‘The Bluest Eye’.  She has a new one ‘God Bless the Child’ coming out soon.

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RichardWightStamp61_02$_35Richard Wright – ‘Native Son’ is considered his controversial classic, but you have got to read ‘Black Boy’ as well.  He told the intense story of what was really happening in black neighborhoods.

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Nella Larsen – She showed up for the Harlem Renaissance, wrote the two fine short novels ‘Passing’ and ‘Quicksand’, quit writing, and went back to being a nurse.

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Paul Beatty – Here is the new star.  His new novel ‘The Sellout’ is an instant humor classic.  I’m in the midst of this uproarious tale now and will discuss it more in depth in a future article.  Beatty was also the inspiration for me to come up with this list.

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Zora Neale Hurston –  Alice Walker rescued Zora Neale Hurston from obscurity, and now Hurston is considered one of the greats, I think deservedly.  ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ is a gripping story.

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John Edgar Wideman  –  I went through a spell when I read Wideman novels continuously.  Two fine ones are ‘Philadelphia Fire’ and ‘Sent for You Yesterday’.

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Colson Whitehead –  He wrote a quirky unforgettable novel about elevator inspectors called ‘The Intuitionist’, also ‘John Henry Days’.  He is one to watch going forward.

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Alice Walker –  She is most famous for ‘The Color Purple’ but I liked ‘Meridian’ even better.  She has been an activist for human rights her entire adult life.

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James Baldwin – I’ve only read ‘Go Tell It to the Mountain’ of Baldwin’s works, but that was enough for him to make my favorite list.

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So many others. Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, newbie Heidi R. Durrow,  David Bradley who wrote the prize-winning story “You Remember the Pinmill” in 2014 which I loved, Charles Johnson.

I would like to find out about your favorites too.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Great list! I’m a Colson Whitehead fan as well. Have you read anything by Percival Everett? You might enjoy his work.

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    • Hi Ana,
      I loved Colson Whitehead’s first two novels, ‘The Intuitionist’ and ‘John Henry Days’, but he had one called Apex something that I didn’t care for.
      No, I have not read Percival Everett. I’ll want to research him more carefully.

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