“If you don’t know my name, you don’t know your own.”—James Baldwin

An anthology of African-American literature featuring contributions from some of the most prominent Black and African-American authors of our time, including James Baldwin, Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Leroi Jones, Margaret Walker, Richard Wright, Malcom X, and many more.

 
Featuring fiction, poetry, autobiography, and literary criticism, Black Voices captures the diverse and powerful words of a literary explosion, the ramifications of which can be seen and heard in the works of today’s African-American artists. A comprehensive and impressive primer, this anthology presents some of the greatest and most enduring work born out of the African-American experience in the United States.
 
Contributors Also Include:
Sterling A. Brown
Charles W. Chesnutt
John Henrik Clarke
Countee Cullen
Frederick Douglass
Paul Laurence Dunbar
James Weldon Johnson
Naomi Long Madgett
Paule Marshall
Clarence Major
Claude McKay
Ann Petry
Dudley Randall
J. Saunders Redding
Jean Toomer
Darwin T. Turner

Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Frank London Brown
Arthur P. Davis
Frank Marshall Davis
Owen Dodson
Mari Evans
Rudolph Fisher
Dan Georgakas
Robert Hayden
Frank Horne
Blyden Jackson
Lance Jeffers
Fenton Johnson
George E. Kent
Alain Locke
Diane Oliver
Stanley Sanders
Richard G. Stern
Sterling Stuckey
Melvin B. Tolson
ALEXANDER MACLEOD was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a national bestseller, won an Atlantic Book Award, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book of fiction, Animal Person, won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, CBC Books, and the Globe and Mail, and includes stories that were featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his story “Lagomorph.” MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill University. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and one of Time's Must-Read Books of 2020. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. View titles by Various
Introduction

I. Fiction

Charles W. Chestnutt
Baxter's Procrustes

Jean Toomer
Karintha
Blood-Burning Moon

Rudolph Fisher
Common Meter

Arna Bontemps
A Summer Tragedy

Langston Hughes
Tales of Simple:
Foreword: Who Is Simple?
Feet Live Their Own Life
Temptation
Bop
Census
Coffee Break
Cracker Prayer
Promulgations

Richard Wright
The Man Who Lived Underground

Ann Petry
In Darkness and Confusion

Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man (Prologue

Frank London Brown
McDougal

Paule Marshall
To Da-duh, In Memoriam

Diane Oliver
Neighbors

II. Autobiography

Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (Chapters 1, 6, 7, and 10)

James Weldon Johnson
Along This Way (Selected Episodes)

Richard Wright
The Ethics of Living Jim Crow

J. Saunders Redding
No Day of Triumph (Chapter 1: Sections 1, 5, and 7)

James Baldwin
Autobiographical Notes

Arna Bontemps
Why I Returned

Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Chapter 1)

Stnaley Sanders
"I'll Never Escape the Ghetto"

III. Poetry

Paul Laurence Dunbar
We Wear the Mask
A Death Song
Sympathy
A Negro Love Song

W. E. B. Du Bois
The Song of the Smoke
A Litany at Atlanta

James Weldon Johnson
The Creation

Fenton Johnson
The Daily Grind
The World Is a Mighty Ogre
A Negro Peddler's Song
The Old Repair Man
Rulers
The Scarlet Woman
Tired
Aunt Jane Allen

Claude McKay
Baptism
If We Must Die
Outcast
The Negro's Tragedy
America
The White City
The White House

Jean Toomer
Harvest Song
Song of the Son
Cotton Song
Brown River, Smile

Countee Cullen
Yet Do I Marvel
A Song of Praise
A Brown Girl Dead
From the Dark Tower
Incident
Scottsboro, Too, Is Worth Its Song
Three Epitaphs:
For My Grandmother
For Paul Laurence Dunbar
For a Lady I Know

Melvin B. Tolson
An Ex-Judge at the Bar
Dark Symphony
Psi

Frank Horne
Kid Stuff
Nigger: A Chant for Children

Sterling A. Brown
Sister Lou
Memphis Blues
Slim in Hell
Remembering Nat Turner
Southern Road
Southern Cop
The Young Ones
The Ballad of Joe Meek
Strong Men

Arna Bontemps
A Note of Humility
Gethsemane
Southern Mansion
My Heart Has Known Its Winter
Nocturne at Bethesda
A Black Man Talks of Reaping
The Day-Breakers

Langston Hughes
Afro-American Fragment
As I Grew Older
Dream Variations
Daybreak in Alabama
Dream Boogie
Children's Rhymes
Theme for English B
Harlem
Same in Blues
Ballad of the Landlord

Frank Marshall Davis
Four Glimpses of Night
I Sing No New Songs
Robert Whitmore
Flowers of Darkness

Richard Wright
Between the World and Me

Robert Hayden
Tour 5
On the Coast of Maine
Figure
In Light Half Nightmare and Half Vision
Market
Homage to the Empress of the Blues
Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday
Middle Passage
Frederick Douglass

Owen Dodson
Guitar
Black Mother Praying
Drunken Lover
The Reunion
Jonathan's Song
Yardbird's Skull
Sailors on Leave

Margaret Walker
For My People

Gwendolyn Brooks
The Artist's and Models' Ball
The Mother
The Preacher: Ruminates Behind the Sermon
The Children of the Poor
We Real Cool
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock

Dudley Randall
The Southern Road
Legacy: My South
Booker T. and W. E. B.
The Idiot

Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Blues and Bitterness

Lance Jeffers
The Night Rains Hot Tar
On Listening to the Spirituals
Grief Streams Down My Chest
The Unknown

Naomi Long Madgett
Native
Her Story
Race Question

Mari Evans
Coventry
Status Symbol
The Emancipation of George-Hector (a colored turtle)
My Man Let Me Pull Your Coat
Black Jam for Dr. Negro

Leroi Jones
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
The Invention of Comics
Look for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today
The Death of Nick Charles
The Bridge

IV. Literary Criticism

W. E. B. Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk (Chapters 1 and 14)

Alain Locke
The New Negro
The Negro in American Culture

Richard Wright
How "Bigger" Was Born

Sterling A. Brown
A Century of Negro Portraiture in American Literature

James Baldwin
Many Thousands Gone

Three Papers from the First Conference of Negro Writers (March, 1959)
1. Arthur P. Davis: Integration and Race Literature
2. J. Saunders Redding: The Negro Writer and His Relationship to His Roots
3. Langston Hughes: Writers: Black and White

Blyden Jackson
The Negro's Image of the Universe as Reflected in His Fiction

John Henrik Clarke
The Origin and Growth of Afro-American Literature

Richard G. Stern
That Same Pain, That Same Pleasure: An Interview with Ralph Ellison

Dan Georgakas
James Baldwin...in Conversation

Sterling Stuckey
Frank London Brown

Darwin T. Turner
The Negro Dramatist's Image of the Universe, 1920-1960

George E. Kent
Ethnic Impact in American Literature

Clarence Major
Black Criterion

Bibliography

About

“If you don’t know my name, you don’t know your own.”—James Baldwin

An anthology of African-American literature featuring contributions from some of the most prominent Black and African-American authors of our time, including James Baldwin, Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Leroi Jones, Margaret Walker, Richard Wright, Malcom X, and many more.

 
Featuring fiction, poetry, autobiography, and literary criticism, Black Voices captures the diverse and powerful words of a literary explosion, the ramifications of which can be seen and heard in the works of today’s African-American artists. A comprehensive and impressive primer, this anthology presents some of the greatest and most enduring work born out of the African-American experience in the United States.
 
Contributors Also Include:
Sterling A. Brown
Charles W. Chesnutt
John Henrik Clarke
Countee Cullen
Frederick Douglass
Paul Laurence Dunbar
James Weldon Johnson
Naomi Long Madgett
Paule Marshall
Clarence Major
Claude McKay
Ann Petry
Dudley Randall
J. Saunders Redding
Jean Toomer
Darwin T. Turner

Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Frank London Brown
Arthur P. Davis
Frank Marshall Davis
Owen Dodson
Mari Evans
Rudolph Fisher
Dan Georgakas
Robert Hayden
Frank Horne
Blyden Jackson
Lance Jeffers
Fenton Johnson
George E. Kent
Alain Locke
Diane Oliver
Stanley Sanders
Richard G. Stern
Sterling Stuckey
Melvin B. Tolson

Author

ALEXANDER MACLEOD was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a national bestseller, won an Atlantic Book Award, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book of fiction, Animal Person, won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, CBC Books, and the Globe and Mail, and includes stories that were featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his story “Lagomorph.” MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill University. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and one of Time's Must-Read Books of 2020. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. View titles by Various

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Fiction

Charles W. Chestnutt
Baxter's Procrustes

Jean Toomer
Karintha
Blood-Burning Moon

Rudolph Fisher
Common Meter

Arna Bontemps
A Summer Tragedy

Langston Hughes
Tales of Simple:
Foreword: Who Is Simple?
Feet Live Their Own Life
Temptation
Bop
Census
Coffee Break
Cracker Prayer
Promulgations

Richard Wright
The Man Who Lived Underground

Ann Petry
In Darkness and Confusion

Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man (Prologue

Frank London Brown
McDougal

Paule Marshall
To Da-duh, In Memoriam

Diane Oliver
Neighbors

II. Autobiography

Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (Chapters 1, 6, 7, and 10)

James Weldon Johnson
Along This Way (Selected Episodes)

Richard Wright
The Ethics of Living Jim Crow

J. Saunders Redding
No Day of Triumph (Chapter 1: Sections 1, 5, and 7)

James Baldwin
Autobiographical Notes

Arna Bontemps
Why I Returned

Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Chapter 1)

Stnaley Sanders
"I'll Never Escape the Ghetto"

III. Poetry

Paul Laurence Dunbar
We Wear the Mask
A Death Song
Sympathy
A Negro Love Song

W. E. B. Du Bois
The Song of the Smoke
A Litany at Atlanta

James Weldon Johnson
The Creation

Fenton Johnson
The Daily Grind
The World Is a Mighty Ogre
A Negro Peddler's Song
The Old Repair Man
Rulers
The Scarlet Woman
Tired
Aunt Jane Allen

Claude McKay
Baptism
If We Must Die
Outcast
The Negro's Tragedy
America
The White City
The White House

Jean Toomer
Harvest Song
Song of the Son
Cotton Song
Brown River, Smile

Countee Cullen
Yet Do I Marvel
A Song of Praise
A Brown Girl Dead
From the Dark Tower
Incident
Scottsboro, Too, Is Worth Its Song
Three Epitaphs:
For My Grandmother
For Paul Laurence Dunbar
For a Lady I Know

Melvin B. Tolson
An Ex-Judge at the Bar
Dark Symphony
Psi

Frank Horne
Kid Stuff
Nigger: A Chant for Children

Sterling A. Brown
Sister Lou
Memphis Blues
Slim in Hell
Remembering Nat Turner
Southern Road
Southern Cop
The Young Ones
The Ballad of Joe Meek
Strong Men

Arna Bontemps
A Note of Humility
Gethsemane
Southern Mansion
My Heart Has Known Its Winter
Nocturne at Bethesda
A Black Man Talks of Reaping
The Day-Breakers

Langston Hughes
Afro-American Fragment
As I Grew Older
Dream Variations
Daybreak in Alabama
Dream Boogie
Children's Rhymes
Theme for English B
Harlem
Same in Blues
Ballad of the Landlord

Frank Marshall Davis
Four Glimpses of Night
I Sing No New Songs
Robert Whitmore
Flowers of Darkness

Richard Wright
Between the World and Me

Robert Hayden
Tour 5
On the Coast of Maine
Figure
In Light Half Nightmare and Half Vision
Market
Homage to the Empress of the Blues
Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday
Middle Passage
Frederick Douglass

Owen Dodson
Guitar
Black Mother Praying
Drunken Lover
The Reunion
Jonathan's Song
Yardbird's Skull
Sailors on Leave

Margaret Walker
For My People

Gwendolyn Brooks
The Artist's and Models' Ball
The Mother
The Preacher: Ruminates Behind the Sermon
The Children of the Poor
We Real Cool
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock

Dudley Randall
The Southern Road
Legacy: My South
Booker T. and W. E. B.
The Idiot

Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Blues and Bitterness

Lance Jeffers
The Night Rains Hot Tar
On Listening to the Spirituals
Grief Streams Down My Chest
The Unknown

Naomi Long Madgett
Native
Her Story
Race Question

Mari Evans
Coventry
Status Symbol
The Emancipation of George-Hector (a colored turtle)
My Man Let Me Pull Your Coat
Black Jam for Dr. Negro

Leroi Jones
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
The Invention of Comics
Look for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today
The Death of Nick Charles
The Bridge

IV. Literary Criticism

W. E. B. Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk (Chapters 1 and 14)

Alain Locke
The New Negro
The Negro in American Culture

Richard Wright
How "Bigger" Was Born

Sterling A. Brown
A Century of Negro Portraiture in American Literature

James Baldwin
Many Thousands Gone

Three Papers from the First Conference of Negro Writers (March, 1959)
1. Arthur P. Davis: Integration and Race Literature
2. J. Saunders Redding: The Negro Writer and His Relationship to His Roots
3. Langston Hughes: Writers: Black and White

Blyden Jackson
The Negro's Image of the Universe as Reflected in His Fiction

John Henrik Clarke
The Origin and Growth of Afro-American Literature

Richard G. Stern
That Same Pain, That Same Pleasure: An Interview with Ralph Ellison

Dan Georgakas
James Baldwin...in Conversation

Sterling Stuckey
Frank London Brown

Darwin T. Turner
The Negro Dramatist's Image of the Universe, 1920-1960

George E. Kent
Ethnic Impact in American Literature

Clarence Major
Black Criterion

Bibliography

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