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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.

  1. Book CoverThe Annotated African American Folktales


    These nearly 150 African American folktales animate our past and reclaim a lost cultural legacy to redefine American literature.More

  2. Book CoverThe Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin


    Henry Louis Gates Jr. redefines Uncle Tom's Cabin with this seminal interpretation of the great American novel.More

  3. Book CoverCall and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies


    Class-tested by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his groundbreaking course, Call and Response is an innovative core reader for African American Studies.More

  4. Book CoverCane

    Second Edition

    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 Edition.More

  5. Book CoverThe Norton Anthology of African American Literature

    Third Edition / Volume(s): Two Volume Set

    An exciting revision of the best-selling anthology for African American literary survey courses.More

  6. Book CoverThe Souls of Black Folk


    When it was published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk revolutionized thinking about the experience of African Americans in the United States.More

  7. Book CoverTwelve Years a Slave


    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. and Kevin Burke’s introduction and detailed explanatory footnotes.More