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  • Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
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  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: August 1, 1988
  • Price: $25.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-24842-6 (0-385-24842-3)
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A companion volume to Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds, this anthology encompasses an exploration of the works and worlds of black women writers between 1860 and 1960. Includes the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, and others plus Washington’s introduction and commentary.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
“The Darkened Eye Restored": Notes Toward a Literary History of Black Women

PART ONE

INTRODUCTION
Meditations on History: The Slave Woman’s Voice

HARRIET JACOBS
“The Perils of a Slave Woman’s Life” from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1860)
Bibliographic Notes

PART TWO

INTRODUCTION
Uplifting the Women and the Race: The Forerunners—Harper and Hopkins

FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER
“Iola” from Iola Leroy (1892)
Bibliographic Notes

PAULINE E. HOPKINS
“Sappho” from Contending Forces (1900)
“Bro’r Abr’m Jimson’s Wedding: A Christmas Story” (1901)
Bibliographic Notes

FANNIE BARRIER WILLIAMS
“The Colored Girl” (1905)

PART THREE

INTRODUCTION
The Mulatta Trap: Nella Larsen’s Women of the 1920s

MARITA O. BONNER
“On Being Young—a Woman—and Colored” (1925)

NELLA LARSEN
“Helga Crane” from Quicksand (1928)

Bibliographic Notes

PART FOUR

INTRODUCTION
“I Love the Way Janie Crawford Left Her Husbands”: Zora Neale Hurston’s Emergent Female Hero

ZORA NEALE HURSTON
“His Over-the-Creek-Girl” from Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1934)
“Janie Crawford” from Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Bibliographic Notes

PART FIVE

INTRODUCTION
“Infidelity Becomes Her”: The Ambivalent Woman in the Fictin of Ann Petry

ANNE PETRY
“Mamie” from The Narrows (1953)
Bibliographic Notes

INTRODUCTION
I Sign My Mother’s Name: Maternal Power in Dorothy West’s Novel, The Living Is Easy

DOROTHY WEST
“Cleo” from The Living Is Easy (1948)
“My Mother, Rachel West” (1982)
Bibliographic Notes

PART SIX

INTRODUCTION
“Taming All That Anger Down”: Rage and Silence in the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

GWENDOLYN BROOKS

“The Courtship and Motherhood of Maud Martha” from Maud Martha (1953)
“The Rise of Maud Martha” (1955)
“Afterword” to Contending Forces (1968)
Bibliographic Notes

Index