Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
Broughton, Irv, ed. “Al Young.” In The Writer’s Mind: Interviews with American Authors. 3 vols. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1989-1990. Young discusses the importance of black rituals, storytelling, the idea of music as a social force, his relationship to the South of his childhood, and the need to “believe in something more all encompassing than one’s own limited sense of self.”
Carroll, Michael. “Al Young: Jazz Griot.” In African American Jazz and Rap: Social and Philosophical Examinations of Black Expressive Behavior, edited by James L. Conyers, Jr. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2001. Examination of Young as a “jazz griot,” that is, as mixing and reinterpreting the conventions of traditional African storytelling and modern African American jazz.
Fairbanks, Carol, and Eugene A. Engeldinger. Black American Fiction: A Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1978. Includes a thorough bibliography of Young’s poetry, novels, short fiction, and jazz criticism, as well as of reviews and essays about Young’s work until 1978.
Harper, Michael S., Larry Kart, and Al Young. “Jazz and Letters: A Colloquy.” TriQuarterly 68 (Winter, 1987): 118-158. Young discusses the relationship between poetic language and the rhythms of jazz music, as well as the role of Jack...
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