African American Poetry (Hardcover)

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By Karen Barbour (Illustrator), Arnold Rampersad (Editor), Marcellus Blount (Editor)
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The newest addition to the acclaimed Poetry for Young People series shines a light on the power and beauty of African-American verse. Helpful and generous annotations, a lively introduction, and beautiful illustrations make this the ideal book to introduce young readers to the marvels of poetry. Full color.

About the Author

Arnold Rampersad is the author of the widely acclaimed two-volume biography "The Life of Langston Hughes" as well as "Days of Grace: A Memoir," co-authored with Arthur Ashe, and "Jackie Robinson: A Biography." He has also edited several books, among them "The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes" (with David Roessel). He is professor of English and Senior Associate Dean at Stanford University, an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.Marcellus Blount lives in New York City and is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He has published essays in "PMLA," "Callaloo," "American Literary History," and "Southern Review." He co-edited "Representing Black Men" with George Cunningham. His first study was entitled "In a Broken Tongue: Rediscovering African-American Poetry," and his current project is entitled "Listening for My Name: African-American Men and the Politics of Friendship."

Karen Barbour has created illustrations for the "New York Times" and other magazines and newspapers. She has also written and illustrated several children's books, including "Mr. Williams," which "School Library Journal" praised in a starred review: The beauty of this book comes from the synergy of the spare narrative and rich artwork. The contrast makes each one more compelling; together they are powerful. [An] exquisite piece of oral history. Karen lives in Inverness, CA. See more of her work at"
Product Details
ISBN: 9781402716898
ISBN-10: 1402716893
Publisher: Sterling
Publication Date: January 2013
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Poetry for Young People (Hardcover)

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