Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson

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Read Chester B. Himes: A Biography Online Free - In his Chester B. Himes (1909–1984), Lawrence P. Jackson depicts the improbable life of the controversial writer whose novels confront sexuality, racism, and social injustice. In absorbing detail, Jackson explores Chester Himes’s middle-class origins, eight years in prison, painful odyssey as a black World War II–era artist, and escape to Europe, where Himes became internationally famous for his Harlem detective series. Praised by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as “one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition,” Himes, author of the bestsellers If He Hollers, Let Him Go and Cotton Comes to Harlem, published twenty literary works over a long career, enhanced by friendships with Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Carl Van Vechten.

Chester B. Himes relies on exclusive interviews and unrestricted access to Himes’s full archives. Jackson restores the legacy of a fascinating maverick determined to etch disturbing portraits of American urban life that remain vivid and contemporary.

Title : Chester B. Himes: A Biography
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ISBN : 0393063895
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 624 pages


Andre rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2017

Author Lawrence P. Jackson says in the acknowledgements, “I have endeavored to write the ‘big book’ that Michel and I thought Chester deserved.” In my estimation he has indeed succeeded in completing a big book that explores the life and work of Chester Himes. The research that obviously went int...

Barry rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2017

One of the giants of black American culture, both with his literary novels like "If He Hollers," "The Lonely Crusade," "Cast The First Stone," "The Third Generation," "The End Of a Primitive," and his Harlem detectives Coffin Ed Johnson & Gravedigger Jones in his crime novels like A Rage In H...

Mary rated it ★★★☆☆

August 17, 2017

I need to find a Chester Himes book list and do some more reading. This man was fascinating. The reading level was a little more difficult than I am used to.

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

Lawrence P. Jackson's absorbing and definitive biography of Chester Himes is essential reading for fans of the prolific African American novelist. Though Himes wrote two outstanding memoirs, Jackson--professor of English and history at Johns Hopkins University--shines as an astute literary critic...

Megan rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2017

I can see the devotion and passion that the author has for Chester B. Himes. I think this book was informative and personal. I think it may be a tad bit too long for me but I think most fans won't have a problem with the length. Would recommend. -Megan

Justin rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

Good bio about Himes, but it does not talk much about his writing.

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