Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
Bell, Bernard W. The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987. Argues for the placement of Guy’s work within the context of traditional realism and particularly of what Bell calls “Afro-American neorealism,” which asserts that no discussion of character can occur outside a social and historical framework.
Brown, Beth. Review of A Measure of Time. Black Scholar 16 (January, 1985): 54-55. Acknowledges that Guy has not achieved the recognition that she deserves. Guy’s emphasis on the education derived from life on the streets draws comparison to the works of James Baldwin and Chester Hines. By her focus on Dorine’s overbearing pride and her refusal to forgive, according to the reviewer, Rosa Guy gives form to the instinctive force of the ordinary black female.
McHenry, Susan. Review of A Measure of Time. Ms. 12 (July, 1983): 21. Applauds Guy’s novel as an immense, engrossing book that offers the reader a sympathetic view of black American life. Dorine Davis’ personality is an engaging blend of healthy assurance and restive pride, of common sense and an unfortunate fondness for attractive men.
Schraufnagel, Noel. From Apology to Protest: The Black American Novel. Deland, Fla.: Everett/Edwards, 1973. Emphasizes Guy’s skill in depicting the...
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