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Himes, Chester B. 1909-1984

Overview
Works: 425 works in 1,641 publications in 6 languages and 40,352 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Political fiction  History  Satire  Detective and mystery stories 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Honoree
Classifications: PS3515.I713, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Chester B Himes
If he hollers let him go : a novel by Chester B Himes ( Book )
56 editions published between 1945 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a four day period, Bob Jones, a young black man working in the Los Angelos during World War II, loses his job, his girl, and his army deferment and is falsely accused of raping a white woman
A rage in Harlem by Chester B Himes ( Book )
68 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Many people had reasons for killing Galen, a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls. But there are complications--like Sonny, high on hash, found standing over the body with a gun in his hand that fires only blanks; a street gang called the Moslems; a disappearing suspect; and the fact that Coffin Ed's daughter is up to her pretty little neck in the whole explosive business. -- from publisher's description
Cotton comes to Harlem by Chester B Himes ( Book )
56 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Black flim-flam man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he's counting on the big Harlem rally to produce a big collection for his own private charity." -- Back cover
The collected stories of Chester Himes by Chester B Himes ( Book )
22 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spanning over forty years of Chester Himes' writing career, this provocative collection of short stories uncovers the internal struggles of black individuals caught between rage and resignation in American society. From the earliest stories, written at the time of Himes' term in prison for jewelry theft, to those written at his emigration to France and later to Spain, where he died in 1984, these tales resound with both wit and indignation. This collection includes all of Himes' surviving stories--including some never published before
The third generation : a novel by Chester B Himes ( Book )
37 editions published between 1954 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Un témoignage naturaliste (dans le style de Zola) sur la difficulté qu'ont les Noirs de franchir la "ligne de couleur" dans la société américaine. Ce roman a été écrit en 1954
Yesterday will make you cry by Chester B Himes ( Book )
10 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Prison life in the 1930s featuring a white man incarcerated for robbery. The novel is based on the experience of its black author and deals with violence and male love. This edition is the unpublished original, a sanitized version having been published in 1953 under the title, Cast the First Stone
Pinktoes : a novel by Chester B Himes ( Book )
43 editions published between 1961 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Pinktoes," Chester Himes said, "is a term of indulgent affection applied to white women by Negro men, and sometimes conversely by Negro women to white men, but never adversely by either." In this rowdy work of fiction that debunks self-satisfied do-gooders, Himes satirizes social missionaries who preach uplift and promote specious causes. With Rabelaisian zest he portrays Mamie Mason, Harlem's most influential society matron, hosting desegregated sexual orgies, all for the advancement of harmony between the races. Just as eager as Mamie to bask in the favorable light of social justice are liberal whites who wish to be seen amid the "right people." Printed in Paris in 1962 because it was perhaps too confrontational for U.S. publishers, this sex farce is regarded as Himes's most daring work of fiction
The heat's on by Chester B Himes ( Book )
32 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run." -- Back cover
Lonely crusade : a novel by Chester B Himes ( Book )
19 editions published between 1947 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blind man with a pistol by Chester B Himes ( Book )
22 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace, their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence, Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart." -- Back cover
The big gold dream by Chester B Himes ( Book )
30 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After arriving on the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers Let Him Go and The Lonely Crusade, Chester Himes created a pioneering pair of dangerously effective African-American sleuths, Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, Harlem's toughest detective duo, who must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare. The Big Gold Dream is the explosive and shocking hardboiled classic that explores the shadowy underbelly of New York as an urban civil war erupts on the side streets of Harlem, pitting murderers and prostitutes against corrupt politicians and racist white detectives. Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson attempt to maintain some kind of order-in the neighborhood they have sworn to protect-in a world gone mad around them
Plan B : a novel by Chester B Himes ( Book )
15 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tomsson Black, political visionary, business genius, and underground revolutionary, plots to avenge injustice by instigating racial turmoil. The roots of racism extend far back into his ancestry, and persecution and suffering have affected many generations of his family. Tomsson's own misfortunes are the impetus for him to found a criminal underworld whose ultimate purpose is the overflow of white society. This novel, the history of Tomsson Black and an indictment of racism in America, ends in apocalypse. It is Chester Himes's ultimate statement about the destructive power of racism and his own personal fantasy of how the American Negro, through calculated acts of violence and martyrdom, could destroy the unequal system pervading American life. However, after reaching an ideological impasse, Himes, one of the angriest writers in the black protest movement, left this novel unfinished. After his death in Spain in 1984, a rumor persisted that he had left a final, unfinished Harlem story, in which he literally destroys both his Harlem backdrop and his heroes in a violent racial cataclysm. The manuscript, entitled Plan B, is that novel. It was edited and published in France, where it was widely hailed as an unfinished masterpiece by readers and critics alike. This new edition, appearing for the first time in the United States, includes an introduction by Michel Fabre (The Sorbonne) and Robert E. Skinner (Xavier University), who have prepared Plan B for publication
All shot up by Chester B Himes ( Book )
23 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson keep order in Harlem
The crazy kill by Chester B Himes ( Book )
30 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in English and German and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A & P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans too far and falls out; a bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out
Run man run by Chester B Himes ( Book )
26 editions published between 1966 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A white undercover cop vents his rage and starts a cycle of violence from which there is no escape. Walker, one of New York's embittered policemen, is vicious when drunk. Staggering into a restaurant on a freezing day, he kills two black workers "because they were there," and pursues a third who witnessed the murders in one of the most suspenseful chases ever put on paper." -- Back cover
Cast the first stone; a novel by Chester B Himes ( Book )
22 editions published between 1952 and 1997 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Roman over een homoseksuele liefde in de gevangenis
Black on Black; Baby sister and selected writings by Chester B Himes ( Book )
9 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The end of a primitive by Chester B Himes ( Book )
22 editions published between 1956 and 1997 in French and English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A once-acclaimed black novelist, now on the downward path, meets a white divorcee with a taste for black men. The result is sex, violence and death. The novel is the latest in Norton's Old School Books series, which are reprints of pulp fiction by black authors
For love of Imabelle by Chester B Himes ( Book )
21 editions published between 1957 and 2006 in English and German and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A case of rape by Chester B Himes ( Book )
6 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Bomar Himes, Chester 1909-1984
Himes, Chester
Himes, Chester, 1909-1984
Himes, Chester B.
Himes, Chester B., 1909-
Himes, Chester B., 1909-1984
Himes, Chester Bomar
Himes, Chester Bomar 1909-1984
ハイムズ, チェスター
Languages
English (605)
French (31)
German (11)
Spanish (3)
Portuguese (2)
Norwegian (1)
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