Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays, best known for her work, A Raisin in the Sun which was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. Aged 29, she became the youngest American playwright and only the fifth woman to receive the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. #women #literature #adelinereads #adelineloves
Langston Hughes, a Harlem Renaissance poet, helped pave the way for African American writers to be heard in the 1900's with his first published book "The Weary Blues" which was published in 1926. This was yet another way that Modernist literature was creating a new atmosphere in American Society.
Octavia E Butler is one of five women writers tougher than Hemingway; reading about her and the other four female writers is eye opening insight into the thoughts and feelings of these female pioneers and the way their writing distinguished them.
Harriet Ann Jacobs (February 11, 1813 – March 7, 1897) was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. Jacobs' single work, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent, was one of the first autobiographical narratives about the struggle for freedom by female slaves and an account of the sexual harassment and abuse they endured.
Jupiter Hammon (1711 – 1806) was a Black poet who in 1761 became the first African-American writer to be published in the present-day United States. A devout Christian, Hammon is considered one of the founders of African-American literature.