The Resource Chester B. Himes : a biography, Lawrence P. Jackson

Chester B. Himes : a biography, Lawrence P. Jackson

Label
Chester B. Himes : a biography
Title
Chester B. Himes
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence P. Jackson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Explores Himes' middle-class origins, imprisonment, creative experiences during World War II, and eventual escape to Europe, where he became famous for his Harlem detective series and its themes of sexuality, racism, and social injustice
  • "Chester B. Himes has been called 'one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition' (Henry Louis Gates Jr.), 'the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler' (San Francisco Chronicle), and 'a quirky American genius' (Walter Mosley). He was the twentieth century's most prolific black writer, captured the spirit of his times expertly, and left a distinctive mark on American literature. Yet today he stands largely forgotten. In this definitive biography of Chester B. Himes (1909-1984), Lawrence P. Jackson uses exclusive interviews and unrestricted access to Himes's full archives to portray a controversial American writer whose novels unflinchingly confront sex, racism, and black identity. Himes brutally rendered racial politics in the best-selling novel If He Hollers Let Him Go, but he became famous for his Harlem detective series, including Cotton Comes to Harlem. A serious literary tastemaker in his day, Himes had friendships--sometimes uneasy--with such luminaries as Ralph Ellison, Carl Van Vechten, and Richard Wright. Jackson's scholarship and astute commentary illuminates Himes's improbable life--his middle-class origins, his eight years in prison, his painful odyssey as a black World War II-era artist, and his escape to Europe for success. More than ten years in the writing, Jackson's biography restores the legacy of a fascinating maverick caught between his aspirations for commercial success and his disturbing, vivid portraits of the United States."--Jacket flap
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jackson, Lawrence Patrick
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3515.I713
LC item number
Z635 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Himes, Chester B
  • Himes, Chester B
  • Novelists, American
  • African American novelists
  • African American novelists
  • Novelists, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
  • HISTORY / African American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
Label
Chester B. Himes : a biography, Lawrence P. Jackson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Old school Negro: 1909-1914 -- The Southern crosses the Yellow Dog: 1914-1925 -- Banquets and cocaine balls: 1925-1928 -- Gray city of exiled men: 1928-1936 -- White folks and the days: 1936-1941 -- Ruin of the golden dream: 1941-1944 -- Trying to win a home: 1944-1945 -- Monkey an' the lion: 1946-1948 -- Inflicting a wound upon himself: 1948-1952 -- Cadillacs to cotton sacks: 1952-1954 -- Othello: 1954-1955 -- A pistol in his hand, again: 1955-1959 -- Five cornered square: 1959-1962 -- Cotton comes to Harlem: 1963-1965 -- A Moor in Spain: 1965-1972 -- Afro-American people's novelist: 1972-1984
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 606 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393063899
Lccn
2017013307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40027346487
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951070835
  • (OCoLC)ocn951070835
Label
Chester B. Himes : a biography, Lawrence P. Jackson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Old school Negro: 1909-1914 -- The Southern crosses the Yellow Dog: 1914-1925 -- Banquets and cocaine balls: 1925-1928 -- Gray city of exiled men: 1928-1936 -- White folks and the days: 1936-1941 -- Ruin of the golden dream: 1941-1944 -- Trying to win a home: 1944-1945 -- Monkey an' the lion: 1946-1948 -- Inflicting a wound upon himself: 1948-1952 -- Cadillacs to cotton sacks: 1952-1954 -- Othello: 1954-1955 -- A pistol in his hand, again: 1955-1959 -- Five cornered square: 1959-1962 -- Cotton comes to Harlem: 1963-1965 -- A Moor in Spain: 1965-1972 -- Afro-American people's novelist: 1972-1984
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 606 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393063899
Lccn
2017013307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40027346487
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951070835
  • (OCoLC)ocn951070835

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