Black Women Writers

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With over 100,000 pages of fiction, poetry, and essays, Black Women Writers includes works of women writers from the African nations and African Diaspora, documenting their identities, cultural backgrounds and social activism. Many voices of women represented in the database exudes a wide range of cultures, offering a nuanced perspective of issues women face from their own national, ethnic and religious standpoints. The coverage includes writings by authors including Ida B. Wells, Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Sonia Sanchez (US), Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Grace Ogot (Kenya), Michelle Cliff (Jamaica), Bessie Head (South Africa), and many others.


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Dates covered

With few exceptions, authors from 19th and 20th centuries.

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Fiction, poetry and essays.

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Much of the material is from published sources. Search QuickSearch to locate print editions owned by the Rutgers University Libraries

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Various publishers

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press