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African-American Literature A Brief Introduction and Anthology

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ISBN-10: 0673990176

ISBN-13: 9780673990174

Edition: 1st 1996 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Al Young, Ishmael Reed

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List price: $82.20
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Poet and novelist Ismael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, he moved to New York City, where he became a co-founder of the East Village Other, a journal of experimental writing. From New York, he moved to Berkeley, California, and started the Yardbird Publishing Company. Reed's fiction draws upon myth, magic, and ritual to produce a literature that attempts to be larger than life. He has been called an ironist, whose explorations of United States history in general and African American history in particular reveal deep scars in the culture that no amount of technology can heal. Reed tries to incorporate multimedia and nonlinear techniques into his writing style. He has defended his eclectic techniques with spirit, however: "Many people call my fiction muddled, crazy, incoherent because I've attempted in fiction the techniques and forms painters, dancers, film makers, musicians in the West have taken for granted for at least 50 years, and the artists of many other cultures, for thousands of years." His other published books include: six collections of poetry, including: New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007; eight collections of essays, most recently Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers (2010); Gethsemane Park; The Reed Reader (2000); Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (2003); and six plays, collected by Dalkey Archive Press as Ishmael Reed, The Plays (2009).

Foreword
Autobiography
To My Old Master
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
I Could be a Conjure Doctor and Make Plenty of Money
My White Folks Treated Us Good
Dont Guess Names Matter Much No Way
From Satchmo
Remembering Richard Wright
Somebody Done Hoodood the Hoodoo Man
From The Motion of Light in Water
Granddaddy
Fiction
The Wife of His Youth
Sweat
Esther
Almos a Man
Headwaiter
Like a Winding Sheet
The Homecoming
Sonnys Blues
Son in the Afternoon
To Da-duh in Memoriam
The Jewel in the Lotus
Recitatif
The Sky is Gray
Answers in Progress
Five Years Ago
The Only Man on Liberty Street
The Lesson
everybody knew bubba riff
Nineteen Fifty-Five
To Die of Old Age in a Foreign Country
Menagerie
Girl
Kiswana Browne
The End
The One That Did Not Get Away
Guess Whos Coming to Seder
Paper Garden
Poetry
An Evening Thought
Bars Fight
Imagination
On Liberty and Slavery
The Slave Auction
The Song of Smoke
Lift Every Voice and Sing
The Creation Sympathy
When Malindy Sings
We Wear the Mask
The Tropics in New York
The Lynching
If We Must Die
Lamda
African China
After Winter
Foreclosure
Harlem
The Weary Blues
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
I, Too, Sing America
Mother to Son