• Advantage Ashe (as told to Clifford George Gewecke, Jr.). New York: Coward-McCann, 1967.
  • Portrait in Motion: The Arthur Ashe Diary (with Frank Deford). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975.
  • Mastering Your Tennis Strokes. New York: Atheneum, 1976.
  • Getting Started in Tennis (with Louie Robinson). New York: Atheneum/SMI, 1977.
  • Arthur Ashe’s Tennis Clinic (with Neil Amdur). New York: Distribution by Simon & Schuster, 1981.
  • Off the Court. New York: New American Library, 1981.
  • A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete vol. 1-3 (with the assistance of Kip Branch, Oceania Chalk, and Francis Harris). New York: Amistad: Distributed by Penguin USA, 1993.
  • Days of Grace: A Memoir (with Arnold Rampersad). New York: Alfred A. Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1993.
  • Arthur Ashe on Tennis: Strokes, Strategy, Traditions, Players, Psychology, and Wisdom (with Alexander McNab). New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1995.

Reading Lists

The following books are selections from the large library that Arthur Ashe left behind. As an avid reader, he had books
spanning every genre. In particular, he had many volumes concerning sports history and African-Americans. He also had a
passion for first or early editions. These lists are suggestions, divided according to age/reading level.

If you would like more information about Arthur Ashe’s library please email info@arthurashe.org

Early Readers

**Please note that many of the Early Readers’ books were published after Arthur’s death but are about him or are part of his family’s library**

  • Cunningham, Kevin. Arthur Ashe: Athlete and Activist. Chanhassen, MN: The Child’s World, 2005.
  • Dexter, Robin. Young Arthur Ashe: Brave Champion. Troll Associates, 1996.
  • Moutoussamy-Ashe, Jeanne. Daddy and Me: A Photo Story of Arthur Ashe and His daughter, Camera. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
  • Parker, Toni Trent. Being Me: A Keepsake Scrapbook for African American Girls. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2002.
  • Parker, Toni Trent. Snowflake Kisses and Gingerbread Smiles. New York: Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2002.
  • Parker, Toni Trent. Sweets and Treats. New York: Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2002.
  • Rand, Donna and Toni Trent Parker. Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books About Girls. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2001.
  • Rand, Donna and Toni Trent Parker. Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books About Boys. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2001.
  • Wright, David K. Arthur Ashe: Breaking the Color Barrier in Tennis. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers Inc., 1996.

Middle School Readers

  • Boyer, Allen B. Arthur and Me. Logan, IA: Summit Books, 2003.
  • Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. New York: Vintage Books, 1959.
  • Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy: the True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
  • Nyabongo, H. H. Prince. Winds and Lights: African Fairy Tales. New York: Kessinger Publishing, 2004.
  • Steins, Richard. Arthur Ashe: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • Weissberg, Ted. Arthur Ashe: Tennis Great. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1991.

High School Readers

  • Brooks, Gwendolyn. Annie Allen. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1949.
  • Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Random House, 1952.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1937.
  • McPhee, John. Levels of the Game. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969.
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. New York: Signet Classic, 1998.
  • Woods, Donald. Biko. New York: H. Holt, 1991.
  • Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York: The Modern Library, 1942.
  • X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.

College Level Readers

  • Byron, George Gordon. The Works of Lord Byron. London, J. Murray; New York, C. Scribner’s Sons, 1898.
  • Davis, Angela. Angela Davis—An Autobiography. New York: Random House, 1974.
  • Dubois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1935.
  • Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Penguin Books, Limited, 1967.
  • Foner, Erica and Olivia Mahoney. A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1991.
  • McPhee, John. Levels of the Game. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969.
  • Sontag, Susan. Illness as Metaphor. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.
  • Soyinke, Wole. Idanre and Other Poems. New York: Hill and Wang, 1967
  • Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. New York: Doubleday, 1937.