The Vintage Book of African American Poetry

By Michael S. Harper (Editor); Anthony Walton (Editor)
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375703003, 448pp.)

Publication Date: February 14, 2000

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In The Vintage Book of African American Poetry, editors Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton present the definitive collection of black verse in the United States--200 years of vision, struggle, power, beauty, and triumph from 52 outstanding poets.

From the neoclassical stylings of slave-born Phillis Wheatley to the wistful lyricism of Paul Lawrence Dunbar . . . the rigorous wisdom of Gwendolyn Brooks...the chiseled modernism of Robert Hayden...the extraordinary prosody of Sterling A. Brown...the breathtaking, expansive narratives of Rita Dove...the plaintive rhapsodies of an imprisoned Elderidge Knight . . . The postmodern artistry of Yusef Komunyaka.  Here, too, is a landmark exploration of lesser-known artists whose efforts birthed the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts movements--and changed forever our national literature and the course of America itself.

Meticulously researched, thoughtfully structured, The Vintage Book of African-American Poetry is a collection of inestimable value to students, educators, and all those interested in the ever-evolving tradition that is American poetry.




About the Author
Michael S. Harper has twice been nominated for the National Book Award.    He is University Professor, Brown University, and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Anthony Walton is the recipient of a 1998 Whiting Writer's Award.    He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

Anthony Walton currently lives in Brunswick, Maine. He has written for a variety of publications including The New York Times and 7 Days, and received lots of attention for his "Willie Horton and Me" for the The New York Times Magazine. He studied at Notre Dame and Brown University.

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