Famous Black Novelists

 1 James Baldwin

James Baldwin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 1, 1987

Amongst the greatest writers of the 20th century and a leading literary voice in the civil rights movement, James Baldwin extensively explored issues like race, sexuality and humanity in his work. His best known work include his debut novel Go Tell It on the Mountain and his books of essays Notes of a Native Son and Nobody Knows My Name.

 2 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 5, 2019
Author, editor, and Princeton professor Toni Morrison is best remembered for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, part of a trilogy. Some of her other notable works include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. She also wrote several children’s books and plays.

 3 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

 4 Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler
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Famous As: Science fiction author
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 5 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1960

 6 N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 7 Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe
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Famous As: Nigerian novelist
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 21, 2013
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 8 Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 9 Ralph Waldo Ellison

Ralph Waldo Ellison
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 16, 1994

 10 Sister Souljah

Sister Souljah
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 11 Judy Smith

Judy Smith
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Famous As: Crisis manager
Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 12 John Ridley

John Ridley
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 13 Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 14 Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 27, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 1906

 15 Claude McKay

Claude McKay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Jamaican, American
Died: May 22, 1948

 16 Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch
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Famous As: Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 17 Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 2, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: March 25, 1951

 18 Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 30, 1964

 19 Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 20 Chester Himes

Chester Himes
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 29, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: November 12, 1984

 21 Ousmane Sembène

Ousmane Sembène
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Famous As: Senegalese film director
Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Senegalese
Died: June 9, 2007

 22 Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 27, 2006

 23 Maryse Condé

Maryse Condé
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French, Guadeloupean

 24 Ben Okri

Ben Okri
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet
Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

 25 Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler
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Famous As: Science Fiction Writer
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 26 Ernie Barnes

Ernie Barnes
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Central African, American
Died: April 27, 2009

 27 Toni Cade Bambara

Toni Cade Bambara
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: December 9, 1995

 28 Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor, Children's writer
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: January 25, 2017

 29 June Jordan

June Jordan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 2002

 30 Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles W. Chesnutt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 1932

 31 Mbongeni Ngema

Mbongeni Ngema
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African

 32 Gabriel Okara

Gabriel Okara
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 25, 2019

 33 Nuruddin Farah

Nuruddin Farah
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Somalian

 34 William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Novelist
Birthdate: November 6, 1814
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: November 6, 1884

 35 Tayeb Salih

Tayeb Salih
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Sudanese
Died: February 18, 2009

 36 John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 37 Dany Laferrière

Dany Laferrière
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, Haitian

 38 Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Nationality: American

 39 E. R. Braithwaite

E. R. Braithwaite
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Guyanese
Died: December 12, 2016

 40 E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 2009

 41 Amos Tutuola

Amos Tutuola
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: June 8, 1997

 42 Yasmina Khadra

Yasmina Khadra
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: January 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Algerian

 43 Dorothy West

Dorothy West
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 2, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1998

 44 Ann Petry

Ann Petry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 28, 1997

 45 Gloria Naylor

Gloria Naylor
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 28, 2016

 46 George Lamming

George Lamming
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Barbadian

 47 Ayi Kwei Armah

Ayi Kwei Armah
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Ghanaian

 48 Mongo Beti

Mongo Beti
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cameroonian
Died: October 8, 2001

 49 Dambudzo Marechera

Dambudzo Marechera
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Zimbabwean
Died: August 18, 1987

 50 Jessie Redmon Fauset

Jessie Redmon Fauset
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: April 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 30, 1961