Shockley, Ann Allen (1925–)

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Shockley, Ann Allen (1925–)

African-American novelist and literary critic. Born Ann Allen, June 21, 1927, in Louisville, KY; dau. of Henry Allen and Bessie Lucas; m. William Shockley, 1949.

Began work as Librarian of Special Collections and University Archivist at Fisk University (1969); published Loving Her (1974), now regarded as the 1st black American lesbian novel and the 1st about love between a white woman and a black woman; fiction includes The Black and White of It (1980) and Say Jesus and Come to Me (1982); edited Living Black Authors: A Biographical Directory (1973), A Handbook for Black Librarianship (1977), and Afro-American Women Writers (1746–1933): An Anthology and Critical Guide (1988).