Books by Arnold Rampersad

SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES by Langston Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A privileged perspective on the man and his art."
The renowned poet's life revealed in letters. Read full book review >
AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY by Arnold Rampersad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Well-intentioned, and at least as valuable for its editorial additions as its lyric contents. (index) (Poetry. 10-13)"
A sampler worth sampling, despite pallid illustrations and a roster entirely made up of dead or veteran poets. Read full book review >
RALPH ELLISON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2007

"A revealing exploration of Ellison's life and work."
A superb biography of the noted African-American writer and the tormented times in which he lived. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 3, 2006

"So long, / so far away / is Africa. / Not even memories alive / Save those that history books create, / Save those that songs / Beat back into the blood." Read full book review >
JACKIE ROBINSON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Somewhat languidly paced but nevertheless gripping, this oustanding biography is in every way worthy of its esteemed subject. (24 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 200,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Avoiding the sentimentality surrounding the 50th anniversary of Robinson's major-league debut, Rampersad compellingly projects his life against the backdrop of the persons and institutions that affected him and that he, in turn, helped to change. Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >