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African-American Oral Tradition

African-American Oral Tradition  

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I thought about the tales I had heard as a child. How even The Bible was made over to suit our vivid imagination—Zora Neale HurstonThe African-American oral tradition is ...
Amy Tan

Amy Tan  

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(1952– )Chinese American novelist, born in California, whose first publication, The Joy Luck Club (1989), describes the experiences of Chinese American immigrants. Tan collaborated over its 1993 ...
Anna Lee Walters

Anna Lee Walters  

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(b. 1946), poet, fiction writer, technical writer, and publisher.Although she was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and is of Pawnee and Otoe-Missouria heritage, Anna Walters has devoted herself to life ...
autobiography

autobiography  

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In its modern form, may be taken as writing that purposefully and self‐consciously provides an account of the author's life and incorporates feeling and introspection as well as empirical detail. In ...
Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa  

(1938– ),Pakistani novelist, born in Karachi, a member of the tiny Parsi (Zoroastrian) community; Sidhwa grew up in Lahore, where she was educated. Her first published novel, The Crow Eaters ...
Eric Kimmel

Eric Kimmel  

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(1946–), American author of more than fifty children's books, professional storyteller, contributor to children's magazines, and emeritus professor of education at Portland State University. Kimmel ...
Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty  

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(1909–2001),Mississippi author, whose books include A Curtain of Green (1941), The Wide Net (1943), The Golden Apples (1949), The Bride of the Innisfallen (1955), and Moon Lake (1980), stories set ...
fairy tales

fairy tales  

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A traditional folktale adapted and written down for the entertainment of children, usually featuring marvellous events and characters, although fairies as such are less often found in them than ...
folktale

folktale  

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A story passed on by word of mouth rather than by writing, and thus partly modified by successive re‐tellings before being written down or recorded. The category includes legends, fables, jokes, tall ...
Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones  

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(1949– )African American writer and critic, born in Lexington, Kentucky, who began publishing stories and poems in the 1970s. Her first novel, Corregidora (1975), treats domestic abuse, a theme which ...
gypsies

gypsies  

A member of a travelling people with dark skin and hair, speaking a language (Romany) related to Hindi, and traditionally living by seasonal work, itinerant trade, and fortune telling. Gypsies are ...
Irish-American Writing

Irish-American Writing  

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In a 1987 short story entitled “Eileen,” Mary Gordon writes of a bond between two young Irish women in New York. One of the women, Nora, achieves economic stability as ...
John Walsh

John Walsh  

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(1945–), American illustrator of Baby Bear and the Long Sleep (1980) by Andrew Ward and The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story (2003). In Baby Bear ...
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson  

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(1947– )American Performance artist, poet, and musician, born in Chicago, the daughter of a wealthy paint manufacturer. In 1967 she moved to New York, where she gained a BA in art history from ...
Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy  

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(1936– )American novelist, born in Detroit, who became active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In addition to publishing poetry (most famously The Moon is Always Female, 1980) ...
Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston  

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(1940–),California-born author, resident in Hawaii as a schoolteacher, wrote The Woman Warrior (1976), a partly fictional work about her girlhood as it was affected by the beliefs of her Chinese ...
Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor  

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(b. 1943), writer of children's fiction, hailed for her realistic portrayal of the African American experience.Born in Jackson, Mississippi, at a time when African Americans were fighting overseas ...
Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove  

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(1888–1936),storyteller. Her Native American name was Hum-Ishu-Ma, and she is thought to be the first Native American novelist, publishing late in life Cogewea the Half-Blood: A Depiction of the ...
Native American Literature

Native American Literature  

The body of work by indigenous American writers. In the writings of James Fenimore Cooper, Mayne Reid, and others, American Indians, as they were called, were usually depicted as picturesquely ...
Native American Oral Traditions

Native American Oral Traditions  

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Since European culture considered only literate people civilized, it did not enter the popular consciousness of the early American colonists that American Indian oral traditions might be art. Today ...

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