In the late 1980’s, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. began to create his monumental work, Black Literature, 1827-1940, a collection that offers access to novels, poems, reviews, and short stories of such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Waring Cuney, Edythe Mae Gordon, and many others.
The collection, drawn from over 110 black periodicals and newspapers, includes works not to be found anywhere else (for instance, Gwendolyn Brooks published 75 poems in the Chicago Defender, uniquely to be found in this collection). The contents of Dr. Gates’ collection has, up till now, been available only in microfiche, but, using their free online Black Literature Index, ProQuest has data mined their online resources, Black Studies Center and Historical Black Newspapers, to locate and enable deep links connecting scholars directly to full-text, digital versions of 27,000 of the works in Black Literature, 1827-1940.
I wonder if I might be able to get trial access to these two files for e-Views’ readers to try this access out…? Never hurts to try; wish me luck!
More as it happens,