|Poet and playwright|
Rather than a collection consisting solely of "high spots" of African American literarture and history, Dent's collection is a working library that reflects his associations with a variety of fellow writers and publishers, his interests in music and modernist drama, and served as resource for Dent's research and writing. The collection is particularly strong in African American small press publishers, such as Dudley Randall's Broadside Press, Haki R. Madhubuti's Third World Press, and Naomi Long Madgett's Lotus Press, and greatly expands Amistad's holding by these seminal publishers of African American poetry and prose.
|Inscription from artist Tom Feelings to|
Tom Dent in Dent's copy of Feelings'
The Middle Passage.
The Tom Dent Library is cataloged in Tulane University's library catalog and can be located by performing a keyword search using the term "Dent Thomas C former owner" in quotation marks.
Posted by Christopher Harter
(Top image from the Tom Dent Papers. Bottom image from the Amistad Research Center. May not be reproduced without permission.)