Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
“Christopher Paul Curtis.” Contemporary Authors Series: New Revised Series. Vol. 119. Detroit, Mich.: Gale, 2003. Analyzes Curtis’s early life and his first two works. Cites as themes the importance of self-respect, the need to accept life as it is, and the validation the self receives from a loving family. Positions Curtis as one of the few writers specifically interested in African American young adult fiction and the importance of offering that audience a literature of hope.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. “Christopher Paul Curtis Goes to Powell’s.” Interview by Dave Weich. http://www.powells.com/authors/curtis.html. Extensive interview that reviews Curtis’s place in young adult fiction (specifically his thematic interest in identity and family) and his literary influences. Emphasizes that his works are not exhaustively defined by an African American sensibility.
Gaines, Ann G. Christopher Paul Curtis. Hockessin, Del.: Mitchell Lane, 2001. Brief biography geared toward a young adult audience that stresses Curtis’s decision to leave work on the assembly line to pursue writing. In the hands of one of the most prolific writers of young adult nonfiction, Curtis’s biography becomes an inspirational tale about believing in dreams.
Lamb, Wendy. “Christopher Paul Curtis.” The Horn Book Magazine,...
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