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30 Days of 100 Novels

For the next 30 days, I will elaborate on the HBW’s “100 Novels Project” by presenting brief entries that focus on notable factors and trends from our project.

Word Play

January 23—Toni Morrison and Memorable Character Names

January 24—Memorable Character Names in 100 Novels

January 25—Novels Written in African American Vernacular English

January 28—First Lines of 6 Novels

January 27—Last Lines of 6 Novels


Novelists Also Known As Short Story Writers

January 30—Charles Chesnutt and Short Stories

January 31—Zora Neale Hurston and Short Stories

February 1— Richard Wright and Short Stories

February 2— Toni Cade Bambara and Short Stories

February 3— Edward P. Jones and Short Stories


Wikipedia Novels Pages

February 6—The Color Purple

February 7— Their Eyes Were Watching God

February 8— Beloved

February 9— Invisible Man

February 10— Native Son


Wikipedia Author Pages

February 13— Alice Walker

February 14— Zora Neale Hurston

February 15— Toni Morrison

February 16— Ralph Ellison

February 17— Richard Wright


NYC: Novels By Region

February 20— NYC Novels

February 21— NYC Novels by decades

February 22— Character Migrations to NYC

February 23— 5 Notable NYC Male Characters

February 24—5 Notable NYC Female Characters


Black Figures Who Aren’t Primarily Known As Novelists

February 27— Frederick Douglass

February 28— Langston Hughes

February 29— Paul Laurence Dunbar

March 1— Edward P. Jones

March 2— Toni Cade Bambara




The posts have been great so far Kenton, committing to 30 days of posts of some really fascinating research is hard work. I look forward to seeing the rest of what you have to share!


Hey Natalie! Thanks so much!


Kenton, I also think this is a great blogging exercise and that more of us would do well to take 30 day blog marathons like you are!

I do have 2 questions about your project though:

1. Would you mind tagging your stuff with #transformDH? These are the kinds of projects we'd love to keep track of. Your posts could be a potentially useful resource for people creating courses or doing research!

2. You mentioned the accuracy of Wikipedia once you've started those entries. Have you noticed any inaccuracies/vandalism/lack of citations in the articles of Black writers compared to others? Are you building onto any of these articles as you review them?


Hi, Amanda!

Yes. I will tag my future posts with the tag you provided.

Also, in refernce to your question about Wikipedia, I have noticed a lack of references in the novel descriptions to other works of fiction which these novels respond to. African American literature is largely predicated on signifyin' or "the talking book trope" in that a novel has the ability to be "double-voiced texts" that talk to other texts.

That is one of my major critiques of the site. In terms of giving an adequate general overview of the novels, though, I do believe Wikipedia serves its purpose.

Thanks for the question!!