Andrews, William L. “In Search of a Common Identity: The Self and the South in Four Mississippi Autobiographies.” The Southern Review 24, no. 1 (Winter, 1988): 47-64. Presents an excellent overview of Mississippi life as detailed in works by two White and two African American autobiographers: William Percy (1941) and Willie Morris (1967), and Richard Wright (1945) and Anne Moody (1968).
Bloom, Lynn Z. “Coming of Age in the Segregated South: Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Childhoods, Black and White.” In Home Ground: Southern Autobiography, edited by J. Bill Berry. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1991. Good at putting Moody’s work into the context of autobiographical literature of African Americans, both male and female. Equates Moody’s work with that of Richard Wright, Harriet Jacobs, and Willie Morris.
Hart, Joyce. “Coming of Age in Mississippi.” In Nonfiction Classics for Students. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Draws parallels between Moody’s and Richard Wright’s lives and shows how the tenors of their differing times, the 1950’s and the 1960’s, led Wright to communism and to political self-exile and Moody to activism followed by self-imposed social exile.
Korb, Rena. “Coming of Age in Mississippi.” In Nonfiction Classics for Students. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Provides a backdrop to Moody’s autobiography and an in-depth analysis of the author’s motivations for joining the Civil Rights movement as well as her possible reasons for leaving it.
Nelson, Emmanuel S. “Anne Moody.” In African American Autobiographers: A Sourcebook, edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. Compares Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi to the autobiographical writings of many other prominent African Americans.
Bibliography and Further Reading
Degler, C. N. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In Nation, January 11, 1969, p. 83.
Ellmann, Mary. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In Nation, January 6, 1969, p. 26.
Kennedy, Edward M. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In New York Times Book Review, January 6, 1969, p. 5.
King Martin Luther Jr. Why We Can't Wait. Penguin, 1964, pp. 79-82.
Stevens, Shane. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In Book World, December 1, 1968, p. 28.
Wright, Richard. Black Boy. HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
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