Includes reading list for teachers and students*
Adams, William (ed.)
. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1972. Combines a variety of works by black writers and includes “At the Burns-Coopers” by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Bethel, Lorraine and Smith, Barbara (eds.)
Condition: Five—the black women’s issue
. Brooklyn, New York: Van Brunt Station, 1980. A collection of political and literary statements of black women.
*Cade, Toni (ed.)
The Black Woman: An Antholo
gy. New York: The New American Library, Inc, 1970. A collection of mixed genre—essays, poetry, short stories of black women about black women; tends to be more political than literary.
*Cahill, Susan (ed.)
Women and Fiction 2—Short Stories by and
. New York: New American Library (Mentor), 1978. A fine collection of women writers from Europe and America. Includes one selection by Zora Neale Hurston, “The Gilded Six-Bits.” Sequel to
Women and Fiction
, published earlier.
Campbell, Barbara and Swansea, Charlene (eds.)
by New Women
. New York: Avon Books, 1978. A collection of erotic stories by white women writers.
*Current-Garcia, Eugene and Patrick, Walter R. (eds.)
. 3rd ed. Oakland, NJ: Scott Foresman, 1976. A collection of forty-five stories written by forty American authors featuring representative examples in the evolution of the short story from Irving to the present. It includes works of noted black men and white women writers. Selection by black women are conspicuously absent.
*Hughs, Langston (ed.)
The Best Short Stories by Negro Writers.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1967. A short story collection containing “The Gilded Six-Bits” by Zora Neale Hurston, “The Pocketbook Game” by Alice Childress, “We’re the Only Colored People Here” by Gwendolyn Brooks and a fair sampling of stories by other black women writers.
* student reading list
Murray Alma and Thomas Robert (eds.)
. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1971. A collection of black poems, short stories, plays and novel excerpts; includes “Angel of the Candy Counter” from
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou.
Stanford, Barbara Dodds (ed.)
I, too, Sing America—Black Voices
in American Literature
. Rochelle Park, NJ: Hayden Book Company, Inc. 1971. An excellent cross section of black writings presented in historical perspective.
* Washington, Mary Lee (ed.)
Midnight Birds Stories of
Contemporary Black Women Writers
. New York: Anchor Press, 1980. A sequel to
, 1975, this collection features a wealth of fiction by American black women-long overdue.