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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
"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." --
Summary
An account of the improbable life of the controversial writer 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
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • BCALA Literary Award for Nonfiction, 2018.
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical, 2018.
Assigning source
From Amazon
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10569318
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jackson, Lawrence Patrick
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Himes, Chester B
  • Himes, Chester B
  • Novelists, American
  • African American novelists
  • African American novelists
  • Novelists, American
Target audience
adult
Label
Chester B. Himes : a biography, Lawrence P. Jackson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
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
Control code
ocn951070835
Dimensions
24 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
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)951070835
Label
Chester B. Himes : a biography, Lawrence P. Jackson
Publication
Copyright
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
Control code
ocn951070835
Dimensions
24 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
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)951070835

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