Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960), was an African-American novelist, memoirist, and folklorist associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Here we’ll explore her first-person musings on her books, publishing experiences and her impressions of publishers in general.
She was the first Black student at Barnard College, the women’s college connected with Columbia.
While studying with the noted anthropologist Franz Boas, she was recognized for her talent for storytelling and abiding interest in black cultures of the American South and Caribbean. Read More→
The goal of Literary Ladies’ Guide is to be the most comprehensive site about classic women authors (mainly in the English language, or who have been translated into English).
The authors listed must be deceased, since our mission is to focus on our literary foremothers. Fortunately, there are many more women writing today than there were even in the recent past, and to have entries on living writers would be overwhelming.
To help us complete our goal, if you’d like to write a main entry on any of the authors listed below, please let us know by reaching out via our contact form. Read More→
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000), the multi-award-winning American poet created a significant body of poems reflecting African-American life. Following is a selection of quotes by Gwendolyn Brooks on poetry and the poet’s life.
Brooks’ lifetime output encompassed more than twenty books, including children’s books. In 1950 she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, becoming the first African-American to do so.
In 1968, Brooks was named Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois. From 1985 to 1986 she was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
In addition to sonnets, ballads, and rhythmic free verse, she also had some wise words about writing and life in prose. Though her work reflected urban African-American life, its underlying themes were universal to the human experience. Read More→