African American Literature Set

No collection of American fiction or nonfiction is complete without the works of the black authors who, through brilliant writing and incisive social commentary, challenged – and changed – the way we view our country’s established traditions. We’ve brought some of them together here, in a set that showcases important highlights of 19th and 20th century African-American literature. The custom jackets we designed for the set feature a reproduction of “The Library,” a painting by Jacob Lawrence thought to depict the 135th Street Library in Harlem (now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). 

All books in the set are hardcover editions published by Library of America, Modern Library, and Everyman’s Library.

  1. The Collected Essays by James Baldwin
    • Notes of a Native Son
    • Nobody Knows My Name
    • The Fire Next Time
    • No Name in the Street
    • The Devil Finds Work
    • Other Essays
  2. Autobiographies by Frederick Douglass
    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
    • My Bondage and My Freedom
    • Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
  3. Writings by W.E.B. Du Bois
    • The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade
    • The Souls of Black Folk
    • Dusk of Dawn
    • Essays and Articles
  4. The Collected Autobiographies by Maya Angelou
    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    • Gather Together in My Name
    • Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas
    • The Heart of a Woman
    • All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
    • A Song Flung Up to Heaven
  5. Novels and Stories by Zora Neale Hurston
    • Jonah’s Gourd Vine
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God
    • Moses, Man of the Mountain
    • Seraph on the Suwanee
    • Selected Stories
  6. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  7. Later Works by Richard Wright
    • Black Boy (American Hunger)
    • The Outsider

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Weight: 12.0 lb

Width: 10 inches x Height: 8.25 inches x Depth: 5.25 inches

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