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Ishmael Reed

(b. 1938)

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A. R Flowers

A. R Flowers  

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(b. 1951), novelist, essayist, and cultural activist.A native Memphian, Arthur Flowers's writing integrates regional African American culture, including blues music, hoodoo spirituality, Delta ...
African American literature

African American literature  

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The body of writing or performed art produced by African slaves and their descendants in America. One of its earliest forms was the slave narrative where the author describes the ...
Al Young

Al Young  

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(1939–),Mississippi-born novelist and poet, long resident in California, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (1969), and a teacher of creative writing at Stanford. His first, brief ...
Askia M. Touré

Askia M. Touré  

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(b. 1938), poet, community activist, lecturer, and educator.Askia M. Touré, in his multifaceted roles as poet, community activist, lecturer, and educator, is recognized as one of the original ...
Barry Beckham

Barry Beckham  

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(b. 1944), novelist and publisher.Barry Beckham began his first novel, My Main Mother (1969), while he was a senior at Brown University, completing it while living in New York City. He returned to ...
Brothers and Keepers

Brothers and Keepers  

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(1984) is one of John Edgar Wideman's two major works of nonfiction; the other is Fatheralong (1994). Of Wideman's numerous books, it is Brothers and Keepers for which he is probably best known to ...
Carlene Hatcher Polite

Carlene Hatcher Polite  

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(1932–2009), novelist, essayist, dancer, activist, and educator.Carlene Hatcher Polite is among the important artists to emerge from the “second renaissance” of African American culture in the 1960s ...
Cecil Brown

Cecil Brown  

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(b. 1943), novelist and short story and script writer.Cecil Brown has not been a prolific writer; indeed, the bulk of his literary reputation rests on his first novel, The Life and Loves of Mr. ...
Chaneysville Incident

Chaneysville Incident  

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In David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident (1981), the protagonist John Washington, professor of history in Philadelphia, when called to the deathbed of Jack Crawley, his father's closest friend, ...
Charles R. Johnson

Charles R. Johnson  

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(1948– )African American novelist, born in Evanston, Illinois, who was active as a cartoonist in the 1960s before publishing his first novel, Faith and the Good Thing, in 1974. In ...
Charles S. Wright

Charles S. Wright  

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(1932–2008), novelist, columnist, short fiction writer, and black humorist.Charles Stevenson Wright was born and raised west of Columbia, Missouri, in the small town of New Franklin. Upon his release ...
Clarence Major

Clarence Major  

(1936– ),American novelist and poet, educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, the New School for Social Research, the State University of New York, and the Union for Experimental Colleges ...
Flight to Canada

Flight to Canada  

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(1976), Ishmael Reed's fifth novel, extends his permutation of literary forms such as the Western and the mystery to the foundational genre of African American letters, the slave narrative. In it, ...
Kindred

Kindred  

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Octavia E. Butler's fourth novel, Kindred (1979), is a meditation on the impact of public education, popular media, and family lore upon our conceptions of shared legacies, future prospects, and ...
Last Days of Louisiana Red

Last Days of Louisiana Red  

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The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974) is Ishmael Reed's fourth novels. Set primarily in northern California in the early 1970s, it deals with the efforts of Papa LaBas, the hoodoo detective first ...
Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo  

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Ishmael Reed's third novel, Mumbo Jumbo (1972) is generally acknowledged to be his masterpiece. Complex, enigmatic, and ecstatic, it is impossible to summarize coherently with any brevity. Combining ...
Nathaniel Mackey

Nathaniel Mackey  

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(b. 1947), poet, novelist, essayist, music critic, editor, lecturer, and educator.Florida-born Nathaniel Mackey was raised in California, graduated from Princeton University with high honors, and ...
Owen Dodson

Owen Dodson  

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(1914–1983), poet, novelist, and playwright.For the major portion of his life, fate favored Owen Vincent Dodson. Born the ninth child of a poor Brooklyn family, he attended excellent schools: Bates ...
Papa LaBas

Papa LaBas  

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Is a major character in Ishmael Reed's novels Mumbo Jumbo (1972) and The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974). Insofar as these books fit into the detective genre, Papa LaBas is a hoodoo investigator ...
Philadelphia Fire

Philadelphia Fire  

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(1990) is John Edgar Wideman's seventh novel and the second of his books to receive the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award (Sent for You Yesterday won in 1984). A work that combines public events, ...

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