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Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Ph.D.Cambridge), is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research, Harvard University. He is the author of Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513–2008; Black in Latin America; Tradition and the Black Atlantic: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora; Faces of America; Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self; The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Criticism; Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars; Colored People: A Memoir; The Future of Race with Cornel West; Wonders of the African World; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man; and The Trials of Phillis Wheatley. His is also the writer, producer, and narrator of PBS documentaries Finding Your Roots; Black in Latin America; Faces of America; African American Lives 1 and 2; Looking for Lincoln; America Beyond the Color Line; and Wonders of the African World. He is the editor of African American National Biography with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and The Dictionary of African Biography with Anthony Appiah; Encyclopedia Africana with Anthony Appiah; and The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts, as well as editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com.

Books by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

  • 9780871407535 72

    The Annotated African American Folktales

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., Maria Tatar

    Hardcover, 2017

    Collected for the first time, these African American folktales reclaim a lost cultural legacy to redefine American literature.
  • 9780871404688 72

    Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

    John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Kenneth B. Morris Jr

    Hardcover, 2015

    A landmark and collectible duotone volume, that now canonises Frederick Douglass through historic photography.
  • 9780871402103 72

    Cane

    Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    New Edition, Paperback, 2011

    “A breakthrough in prose and poetical writing. . . . This book should be on all readers’ and writers’ desks and in their minds.”—Maya Angelou
  • 9780393931686 72

    Cane

    Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Second Edition, Paperback, 2011

    A masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance and a canonical work in both the American and the African American literary traditions, Cane is now available in a revised and expanded Norton Critical...
  • 9780393264241 72

    Twelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup, Kevin M. Burke, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    First Edition, Paperback, 2017

    This Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s harrowing autobiography is based on the 1853 first edition. It is accompanied by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s introduction and detailed explanatory...