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49 African American Novels on Wikipedia

 

The following list showcases novels in our “100 Novels Project” and their corresponding Wikipedia pages. Out of 100 novels in our project, 49 novels have Wikipedia pages of some sort.

I have organized the novels into three categories and by chronological order: Extensive, General, and Limited Overviews:

 

  • Extensive overviews offer publication information, plot summaries, character lists, references to pop culture and criticism (such as TV, Movie adaptations, etc.) as well as major motifs.
  • General overviews provide a limited plot summary and, sometimes, provide historical information concerning the novel as well as critical reception.
  • Limited overviews provide publication information and a short/concise summary of the novel.
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Extensive Wikipedia Overviews

1900s

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912) James Weldon Johnson

 

1940s

Native Son (1940) Richard Wright

1950s

Invisible Man (1952) Ralph Ellison

Go Tell It on The Mountain (1953) James Baldwin

1980s

The Color Purple (1982) Alice Walker

Beloved (1987) Toni Morrison

 

General Wikipedia Overviews

1850s

The Heroic Slave (1852) Frederick Douglass

Clotel: or, the President’s Daughter (1853) William Wells Brown

 

1900s

The Marrow of Tradition (1901) Charles Waddell Chesnutt

1920s

Cane (1923) Jean Toomer

1930s

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) Zora Neale Hurston

1950s

The Outsider (1953) Richard Wright

Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959) Paule Marshall

 

1970s

The Bluest Eye (1970) Toni Morrison

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) Ernest Gaines

Mumbo Jumbo (1972) Ishmael Reed

Sula (1974) Toni Morrison

Dhalgren (1975) Samuel Delany

Patternmaster (1976)Octavia Butler

Roots (1976) Alex Haley

Song of Solomon (1977) Toni Morrison

Kindred (1979) Octavia Butler

1980s

Annie John (1985) Jamaica Kincaid

1990s

Middle Passage (1990) Charles Johnson

A Lesson Before Dying (1993) Ernest Gaines

Parable of the Sower (1993) Octavia Butler

Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994)Edwidge Danticat

The Coldest Winter Ever (1999) Sister Souljah

The Intuitionist (1999) Colson Whitehead

 

2000s

Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) Colson Whitehead

Sag Harbor (2009) Colson Whitehead

 

Limited Wikipedia Overviews

1900s

The Sport of the Gods (1902)Paul Laurence Dunbar

 

1930s

Not Without Laughter (1930)Langston Hughes 

 

1940s

If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945) Chester Himes

The Street (1946) Ann Petry

 

1970s

The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) Alice Walker

Meridian (1976) Alice Walker

 

1980s

Tar Baby (1981) Toni Morrison

The Chaneysville Incident (1981) David Bradley

Sent for You Yesterday (1983) John Edgar Wideman

 

1990s

Jazz (1992) Toni Morrison

Paradise (1997) Toni Morrison 

Parable of the Talents (1998) Octavia Butler

 

2000s

John Henry Days (2001) Colson Whitehead

The Known World (2003) Edward P. Jones

Love (2003) Toni Morrison

A Mercy (2008) Toni Morrison

[Notable Findings Concerning 100 Black Novels]

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