‘‘Gorilla, My Love,’’ the title story of Bambara’s first short story collection, has been universally singled out for praise since the volume, which has never been out of print, was published in 1972. Critics have appreciated Bambara’s ear for the urban African American speech of her female protagonist/ narrators—a voice that only infrequently had been captured so accurately. Nancy Hargrove, in an essay in The Southern Quarterly, writes that ‘‘one is immediately struck by . . . her faithful reproduction of black dialect. Her first-person narrators speak...
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