Summer 1993 • Vol. XV No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1993 |

Canon Revision Update: A 1992 Edition

1959 by Thulani Davis. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992. 297 pages. $19.95. Through the Ivory Gate by Rita Dove. New York: Pantheon, 1992. 278 pages. $21.00. Bailey's Café by Gloria Naylor. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. 229 pages. $19.95. Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. 286 pages. $19.95. Jazz by Toni Morrison. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. 229 pages. $21.00. Five important novels by black women writers appeared in the single year 1992. Two are first novels by Thulani Davis and Rita Dove, both of whom have already achieved substantial reputations in other media--Davis as librettist, poet, and journalist; Dove as acclaimed author of four volumes of poetry. Three are new novels by major novelists with established oeuvres--Gloria Naylor's new novel is her fourth, Alice Walker's is her fifth, Toni Morrison's is her sixth. Though not included in this survey because it was published in 1991, Paul

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