Kristin Hunter

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Kristin Elaine Hunter (September 12, 1931 – November 14, 2008) was an African-American writer from Pennsylvania. She sometimes wrote under the name Kristin Hunter Lattany.

Hunter was born Kristin Eggleston in Philadelphia, attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her bachelor's degree in Education (1951), and wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper, until 1952. In 1955 she won a national television competition for her script Minority of One.[1] Her first and most acclaimed novel, God Bless the Child, was published in 1964; like most of her work, it confronts complex issues of race and gender. Her 1966 novel The Landlord was made into a movie by Hal Ashby (United Artists, 1970).

In 1972, she began teaching in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania, eventually retiring from the university in 1995. She was also a visiting professor at Emory University. She received the Moonstone Black Writing Celebration Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.[2]


  • God Bless the Child, 1964.
  • The Landlord, 1966.
  • The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou (National Council on Interracial Books for the Children Award), 1968.
  • Boss Cat, 1971.
  • Guests in the Promised Land (stories; nominated for the National Book Award), 1973.
  • The Survivors, 1975.
  • The Lakestown Rebellion, 1978.
  • Lou in the Limelight, 1981.
  • Kinfolks, 1996.
  • The Scribe, 1998.
  • Do Unto Others, 2000.
  • Breaking Away, 2003.


  1. ^ Roger M. Valade III, The Essential Black Literature Guide, Visible Ink, in association with the Schomburg Center, 1996; p.180-181.
  2. ^ Obituary, University of Pennsylvania Almanac, December 9, 2008, Volume 55, No. 15.

External links[edit]

  • Chisholm, L.; B. Davis; S. Stanley (December 20, 2001). "Kristin Hunter Lattany". VG: Voices from the Gaps - Women Artists and Writers of Color, An International Website. Retrieved 2011-05-23.