Famous Black Novelists

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977, Nigerian
Writer

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
16 November 1930, Nigerian
Nigerian novelist

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872, American
Poet
Oscar MicheauxOscar Micheaux
02 January 1884, American
Author

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889, Jamaican, American
Writer

Octavia ButlerOctavia Butler
22 June 1947, American
Science Fiction Writer
Nuruddin FarahNuruddin Farah
24 November 1945, Somalian
Novelist

Tayeb SalihTayeb Salih
12 July 1929, Sudanese
Writer
Mongo BetiMongo Beti
30 June 1932, Cameroonian
Writer

Ralph Waldo EllisonRalph Waldo Ellison
01 March 1914, American
Novelist

N. K. JemisinN. K. Jemisin
19 September 1972, American
Novelist

Colson WhiteheadColson Whitehead
11 March 1969, American
Novelist

John RidleyJohn Ridley
30 September 1965, American
Screenwriter
Angie ThomasAngie Thomas
06 March 1988, American
Novelist

Sister SouljahSister Souljah
28 January 1964, American
Writer

Judy SmithJudy Smith
27 October 1958, American
Crisis manager

Ishmael ReedIshmael Reed
22 February 1938, American
Poet
Ben OkriBen Okri
15 March 1959, Nigerian
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet

Mbongeni NgemaMbongeni Ngema
10 May 1955, South African
Novelist
Nella LarsenNella Larsen
13 April 1891, American
Author

Bebe Moore CampbellBebe Moore Campbell
18 February 1950, American
Author

Ousmane SembèneOusmane Sembène
01 January 1923, Senegalese
Senegalese film director
Ernie BarnesErnie Barnes
15 July 1938, Central African, American
Artist

Chester HimesChester Himes
29 July 1909, American
Writer
Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
21 July 1944, Nigerian
Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor,

Toni Cade BambaraToni Cade Bambara
25 March 1939, American
Author

Stanley CrouchStanley Crouch
14 December 1945, American
Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic,
June Millicent JordanJune Jordan
09 July 1936, American
Poet

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Charles W. ChesnuttCharles W. Chesnutt
20 June 1858, American
Author
William Wells BrownWilliam Wells Brown
06 November 1814, American
Writer, Historian, Novelist

E. Lynn HarrisE. Lynn Harris
20 June 1955, American
Author

E. R. BraithwaiteE. R. Braithwaite
27 June 1912, Guyanese
Novelist

Ann PetryAnn Petry
12 October 1908, American
Writer
John Edgar WidemanJohn Edgar Wideman
14 June 1941, American
Author
Maryse CondéMaryse Condé
11 February 1937, French, Guadeloupean
Novelist

Dambudzo MarecheraDambudzo Marechera
04 June 1952, Zimbabwean
Novelist

Gloria NaylorGloria Naylor
25 January 1950, American
Novelist

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
10 January 1955, Algerian
Writer, Novelist
Edward P. JonesEdward P. Jones
1951 AD, American
Novelist

Dany LaferrièreDany Laferrière
13 April 1953, Canadian, Haitian
Novelist

Amos TutuolaAmos Tutuola
20 June 1920, Nigerian
Writer

Wallace Henry ThurmanWallace Thurman
16 August 1902, American
Novelist

Efua SutherlandEfua Sutherland
27 June 1924, Ghanaian
Playwright
Gabriel OkaraGabriel Okara
24 April 1921, Nigerian
Poet

Peter AbrahamsPeter Abrahams
03 March 1919, South African
Novelist
Ayi Kwei ArmahAyi Kwei Armah
28 October 1939, Ghanaian
Writer

Dorothy WestDorothy West
02 June 1907, American
Novelist

Camara LayeCamara Laye
01 January 1928, Papua New Guinean
Author
George LammingGeorge Lamming
08 June 1927, Barbadian
Novelist

Paule MarshallPaule Marshall
09 April 1929, American
Writer
Harriet E. WilsonHarriet E. Wilson
15 March 1825, American
American novelist

Flora NwapaFlora Nwapa
13 January 1931, Nigerian
Author

Tiyo SogaTiyo Soga
1829 AD, South African
Author

Rosa GuyRosa Guy
01 September 1922, Trinidadian, American
Writer

Daniel O. FagunwaDaniel O. Fagunwa
1903 AD, Nigerian
Author
Grace OgotGrace Ogot
15 May 1930, Kenyan
Author

Lewis NkosiLewis Nkosi
05 December 1936, South African
Author

Pauline HopkinsPauline Hopkins
1859 AD, American
Novelist

Benedict Wallet VilakaziBenedict Wallet Vilakazi
06 January 1906, South African
Author
Rudolph FisherRudolph Fisher
09 May 1897, American
Physician

Richard RiveRichard Rive
01 March 1931, South African
Writer
Earl LovelaceEarl Lovelace
13 July 1935, Trinidadian
Novelist

Barbara ChristianBarbara Christian
12 December 1943, American
Author

Can ThembaCan Themba
21 June 1924
Writer
Bernard Binlin DadiéBernard Binlin Dadié
10 January 1916, South African
Novelist

Owen DodsonOwen Dodson
28 November 1914, American
Poet
Michael AnthonyMichael Anthony
10 February 1932, Trinidadian
Author

Archibald Campbell JordanArchibald Campbell Jordan
30 October 1906, South African
Novelist

Cheikh Hamidou KaneCheikh Hamidou Kane
02 April 1928, Senegalese
Writer
Eric D. WalrondEric D. Walrond
18 December 1898, American
Writer

Euphrase KezilahabiEuphrase Kezilahabi
13 April 1944, Tanzanian
Novelist
Alioune DiopAlioune Diop
10 January 1910, Senegalese
Writer

Leon ForrestLeon Forrest
08 January 1937, American
Writer

Francis SelormeyFrancis Selormey
15 April 1927, Ghanaian
Novelist

Sony Labou TansiSony Labou Tansi
05 June 1947, Congolese
Novelist
Taban lo LiyongTaban lo Liyong
1938 AD, Sudanese, Ugandan
Poet
Jean-Joseph RabéariveloJean-Joseph Rabéarivelo
04 March 1901, Malagasy, South African
Poet

T.M. AlukoT.M. Aluko
14 June 1918, Nigerian
Writer