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49 African American Novels on Wikipedia

[Compiled By Kenton Rambsy]
The following list showcases novels in our “100 Novels Project” and their corresponding Wikipedia pages. Out of 100 novels in our project, 49 novels have Wikipedia pages of some sort.
We have organized the novels into three categories and by chronological order: Extensive, General, and Limited Overviews:
  • Extensive overviews offer publication information, plot summaries, character lists, references to pop culture and criticism (such as TV, Movie adaptations, etc.) as well as major motifs.
  • General overviews provide a general plot summary and, sometimes, historical information concerning the novel as well as critical reception.
  • Limited overviews provide publication information and a short/concise summary of the novel.

 

Extensive Wikipedia Overviews
1900s
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912) James Weldon Johnson
1940s
Native Son (1940) Richard Wright
1950s
Invisible Man (1952) Ralph Ellison
Go Tell It on The Mountain (1953) James Baldwin
1980s
The Color Purple (1982) Alice Walker
Beloved (1987) Toni Morrison
General Wikipedia Overviews
1850s
The Heroic Slave (1852) Frederick Douglass
Clotel: or, the President’s Daughter (1853) William Wells Brown
1900s
The Marrow of Tradition (1901) Charles Waddell Chesnutt
1920s
Cane (1923) Jean Toomer
1930s
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) Zora Neale Hurston
1950s
The Outsider (1953) Richard Wright
Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959) Paule Marshall
1970s
The Bluest Eye (1970) Toni Morrison
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) Ernest Gaines
Mumbo Jumbo (1972) Ishmael Reed
Sula (1974) Toni Morrison
Dhalgren (1975) Samuel Delany
Patternmaster (1976) Octavia Butler
Roots (1976) Alex Haley
Song of Solomon (1977) Toni Morrison
Kindred (1979) Octavia Butler
1980s
Annie John (1985) Jamaica Kincaid
1990s
Middle Passage (1990) Charles Johnson
A Lesson Before Dying (1993) Ernest Gaines
Parable of the Sower (1993) Octavia Butler
Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994) Edwidge Danticat
The Coldest Winter Ever (1999) Sister Souljah
The Intuitionist (1999) Colson Whitehead
2000s
Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) Colson Whitehead
Sag Harbor (2009) Colson Whitehead
Limited Wikipedia Overviews
1900s
The Sport of the Gods (1902) Paul Laurence Dunbar
1930s
Not Without Laughter (1930) Langston Hughes 
1940s
If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945) Chester Himes
The Street (1946) Ann Petry
1970s
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) Alice Walker
Meridian (1976) Alice Walker
1980s
Tar Baby (1981) Toni Morrison
The Chaneysville Incident (1981) David Bradley
Sent for You Yesterday (1983) John Edgar Wideman
1990s
Jazz (1992) Toni Morrison
Paradise (1997) Toni Morrison 
Parable of the Talents (1998) Octavia Butler
2000s
John Henry Days (2001) Colson Whitehead
The Known World (2003) Edward P. Jones
Love (2003) Toni Morrison
A Mercy (2008) Toni Morrison