Henry Louis Gates Jr.

American scholar and literary critic. Born and raised in West Virginia, Gates was educated at Yale and Cambridge Universities. Now a professor at Harvard University, Gates edits African American literature, composes literary criticism, and writes for general audiences. He has created a number of television documentaries, including "African American Lives" (2006), and his essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times. Gates's many books include Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the "Racial" Self (1987); The Signifying Monkey (1988), winner of the National Book Award; Colored People (1994), his best-selling autobiography; Wonders of the African World (1999); and most recently The Henry Louis Gates Jr. Reader (2012), a collection of his writings. Gates is the general co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (3rd ed. 2014). See also aaas.fas.harvard.edu/people/henry-louis-gates-jr.