Noted Authors

May 02, 1999

Amiri Baraka

Baraka is a playwright, novelist, short story writer and poet.

In 1961, Baraka released his first collection of poetry, "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note." It bespeaks Baraka's alienation from mainstream society.

In his poem "The Dead Lecturer," Baraka professes a desire to escape into a world of black action.

Baraka's other poetry collections include "Black Magic," "In the Tradition" and "Wise."

Baraka is most noted for his play "Dutchman" (1964), which the Village Voice awarded with an Obie.

-- Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature

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