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The 50 Most Influential Novels Written on the Black West

The authors & editors listed below are excellent sources of general information for research on African American History in the West. We at would like to thank Professor Bruce Glasrud, formerly of Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, for his invaluable help in compiling this list.


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EditorAuthorsort iconBook/Article TitleAmazon Availability
Bontemps, Arna God Sends SundayYes
Bunkley, Anita RichmondWild EmbersYes
Butler, OctaviaParable of the SowerYes
Crenshaw, Vernita Y.Black GirlYes
Davis, KennWords Can KillYes
Detter, ThomasNellie Brown or the Jealous WifeYes
Durham, David AnthonyGabriel's StoryYes
Edwards, LouisOscar Wilde Discovers AmericaYes
Ellison, RalphInvisible ManYes
Everett, PercivalAssumptionYes
Goines, DonaldBlack Girl LostYes
Greer, RobertThe Devil's Red NickelYes
Griggs, Sutton E.Imperium in ImperioYes
Grimes, Terris McMahanBlood Will TellYes
Haywood, Gar AnthonyFear of the Dark
Himes, ChesterIf He Hollers, Let Him GoYes
Himes, ChesterLonely CrusadeYes
Holman, AliceThe Last Days Murder ListYes
Hopkins, Pauline ElizabethWinonaYes
Hughes, LangstonNot Without LaughterYes
Jones, Lillian B.Five Generations Hence
Major, ClarenceDirty Bird BluesYes
McMillan, TerryWaiting to ExhaleYes
McMillan, TerryHow Stella Got Her Groove BackYes
Micheaux, OscarThe HomesteaderYes
Micheaux, OscarThe Conquest; the Story of a Negro PioneerYes
Mickelbury, PennyWhere To ChooseYes
Moody, BillBird Lives!Yes
Moody, SusanPenny Pinching
Morrison, ToniParadiseYes
Mosley, WalterDevil in a Blue DressYes
Mosley, WalterA Little Yellow DogYes
Parker, Jewell Rhodes Magic CityYes
Parks, GordonThe Learning TreeYes
Parks, Suzan-LoriGetting Mother's BodyYes
Phillips, GaryViolent SpringYes
Reed, IshmaelYellow Back Radio Broke-Down Yes
Ridley, JohnLove Is a RacketYes
Shange, NtozakeBetsey BrownYes
Straight, SusanBlacker Than a Thousand MidnightsYes
Thomas, Joyce CarolHouse of LightYes
Thurman, WallaceThe Blacker The Berry Yes
Tramble, Nichelle D.The Dying GroundYes
Williams, John AlfredThe Angry OnesYes
Woods, Paula L.Inner City BluesYes
Wren, M.K.Neely Jones: The Medusa PoolYes
Yerby, Frank G.The Garfield HonorYes
Yerby, Frank G.Western
Young, AlWho Is Angelina?Yes
Young, AlSeduction by LightYes
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