Famous Black Authors

The following list includes several famous black writers and a brief description of some of their work. Each of these authors is known for their unique writing style which has been celebrated by many.

Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston had a positive influence on African Americans who were struggling with racism at the time.

Ralph Ellison

Ellison published his first book, “Invisible Man” in 1952. Several years later, Ellison published his groundbreaking novel “The Invisible Man.”

Toni Morrison

Morrison’s literary style is characterized by a strong sense of place and a strong sense of time, and a narrative that centers around individualism vs. groupthink.

Maya Angelou

Angelou has been praised for her innovative style and delivery. She emphasizes using voice and rhythm to capture the reader’s attention.

Alice Walker

She began publishing short stories in both local and national newspapers. Her first book, “The Third Life of Grange Copeland,” was published in 1970.

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