New York: Continuum, 1983. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's navy cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"My responsibility is to speak the truth as I feel it, and to attempt to speak it with as much precision and beauty as possible" (Audre Lorde). First edition of late literary critic Claudia Tate’s landmark collection of conversations with Black women writers. Created in an effort to forge serious scholarship on Black women writers in the field of American literature and dispel any notion that they are an indistinguishable group by studying the ways in which their works converge and diverge, Tate interviewed fourteen renowned 20th-century playwrights, poets, novelists, and essayists: Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alexis DeVeaux, Nikki Giovanni, Kristin Hunter, Gayle Tones, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, and Sherley Anne Williams. Providing great insight into the unique and individual aspects of their lives and art, these extensive accounts articulate the personal and political structures of writing as a Black woman, discuss the institutionalized conflicts of gender and race, and explore the revolutionary possibilities in writing for the neglected demographic that is Black readers. Dust jacket designed by Ray Lundgren. Trace of tape reside to lower panel of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #4866