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Griffin, John Howard 1920-1980

Works: 144 works in 628 publications in 15 languages and 24,549 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Drama  Biographical films  Juvenile works  Diaries  Film adaptations  Biographies  Fiction  History  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Adapter, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Photographer, Other, Translator
Classifications: E185.61, 975.00496073
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Prison of culture : beyond Black like me by John Howard Griffin( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The companion volume to the 50th-anniversary edition of Black Like Me, this book features John Howard Griffin's later writings on racism and spirituality. Conveying a progressive evolution in thinking, it further explores Griffin's ethical stand in the human rights struggle and nonviolent pursuit of equality#x97;a view he shared with greats such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Merton. Enlightening and forthright, this record also focuses on Griffin's spiritual grounding in the Catholic monastic tradition, discussing the illuminating meditations on suffering and the author's own reflections on communication, justice, and dying
Black like me by John Howard Griffin( Book )

178 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 13 languages and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrated by Ray Childs. "What is it like to experience discrimination based on skin color, something over which one has no control? How else except by becoming a Negro could a white man hope to learn the truth? I decided I would do this." Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on them by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out. The setting is the Deep South in the late 1950's. What began as scientific research ended up changing his life in every way imaginable. When he decided the real story was in his journals, he published them, and the storm that followed is now part of American history. As performed by Ray Childs, this first-ever recording of Black Like Me will leave each listener deeply affected. John Howard Griffin has done the impossible to bring the full effect of racism to the consciences of the America people. Narrated by Ray ChildsOriginal Publisher: Audio BookshelfRun Time: 07:00:00SKU: 2038Unabridged SKU 2038
The devil rides outside by John Howard Griffin( )

17 editions published between 1952 and 2010 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No less a critic than Clifton Fadiman called The Devil Rides Outside a staggering novel. The first novel of John H. Griffin, it written during the author's decade of blindness following an injury suffered during the closing days of World War II. As Time Magazine described it, The Devil Rides Outside has some things relatively rare in U.S. letters: energy, earnestness and unashamed religious fervor. Written as a diary, the novel relates the intellectual and spiritual battles of a young American musicologist who is studying Gregorian chant in a French Benedictine monastery. Even though he is not Catholic, he must live like the monks, sleeping in a cold stone cell, eating poor food, sharing latrine duties. His dreams rage with memories of his Paris mistress; his days are spent being encouraged by the monks to seek God. He takes up residence outside the monastery after an illness, but he finds the village a slough of greed and pettiness and temptation. Indeed, as the French proverb says, the devil rides outside the monastery walls
Nuni by John Howard Griffin( )

7 editions published between 1956 and 2010 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American college professor, sole survivor of an airplane crash on a Pacific island, comes to terms with the aborigines
A hidden wholeness : the visual world of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin( Book )

8 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follow the ecstasy : Thomas Merton, the hermitage years, 1965-1968 by John Howard Griffin( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1969, one year after Thomas Merton's tragic (and suspicious) death, John Howard Griffin was invited to write a biography of America's most famous monk, a monk who strangely had become a best-selling theologian. The result was Follow the Ecstasy: The Hermitage Years of Thomas Merton (1983). Both Merton and Griffin were converts to Catholicism, and they had become fast friends during Griffin's occasional retreats to the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani where Merton was cloistered. As Robert Bonazzi writes in his Foreword, With natural humility and intense spirituality, they taught each other by example and silence. Merton and Griffin were both photographers as well as writers. Griffin wrote about Merton's painting and photography in A Hidden Wholeness: The Visual World of Thomas Merton (1970). They also shared a fascination with the French theologian Jacques Maritain, as well as French modernists Pierre Reverdy, George Braque, and Albert Camus. Griffin fell ill before he could finish his biography of Merton, and the mantle of official biographer passed to Michael Mott, author of The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton, an essential compendium of the monk's life. Yet Follow the Ecstasy gets closer to the man, a portrait made by one who shared not only personal histories and interests with Merton, but an intuitive perspective of solitude
The John Howard Griffin: reader by John Howard Griffin( Book )

5 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection is a crosscut of John Howard Griffin's work in mid-career. It includes four of his books in condensed form and many short stories, articles, selections from works in rogress, and a remarkable group of photographs (Mr. Griffin is also a professional photographer). The collection reveals a writer of extraordinary range. Here is Black Like Me, the account of his experience disguised as a Negro in the American South; Nuni, the novel in which a civilized American is cast away among primitive tribesmen; The Devil Rides Outside, the story of a young man's religious experiences in a French monastery and its neighboring village; Land of the High Sky, an historical study of early days in Texas. A deeply religious view of life and a passionate humanity are revealed in all his work, from articles on racial themes, through studies in censorship and obscenity, to the character studies of men of greatness from a forthcoming book, The Faces of Intelligence. These same faces look thoughtfully out at us from his photographs: Jacques Maritain, Thomas Merton, Father August Thompson, Pierre Reverdy and many others
Street of the Seven Angels by John Howard Griffin( )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social satire set in Paris, this previously unpublished novel is based in part on the U.S. Supreme Court's censorship trial regarding the author's first novel
The church and the black man by John Howard Griffin( Recording )

6 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacques Maritain : homage in words and pictures by John Howard Griffin( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Part of space: ten Texas writers( Book )

3 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Land of the High Sky by John Howard Griffin( Book )

4 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of Midland county of West Texas, from 1849 to the present
Twelve photographic portraits by John Howard Griffin( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black like me by ( Visual )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of a white newsman in the early 1960's who chemically changes the color of his skin in order to experience life as a black man in the South
Racial equality; the myth and the reality by John Howard Griffin( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing upon his experience as a white man who "changed his pigmentation" and lived the life of a black man, the author attempts "to put you in another man's mind" and apply his experience to today's events. In addition, he seeks to show that there is a wide gap between intellectual acceptance of equality and real emotional acceptance. This gap perpetuates what he calls "the system" and explains in part the increased militancy of the black man in America today. (Author/DM)
Mississippi eyewitness : the three civil rights workers, how they were murdered : the exclusive story by Ramparts magazine by Louis E Lomax( Book )

4 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redoubt : a Mononovel by John Howard Griffin( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Structured like a jazz riff, this novel addresses questions of conception and birth, gender, war, and the slouch toward apocalypse
Fishlight : a Dream of Childhood by John Howard Griffin( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told in the voice of a five-year-old girl who sees more than she understands, this novel chronicles her passage through sickness, the separation of her parents, and a maze of secret lives, all with the richness of her budding imagination
Bardo99 by John Howard Griffin( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicting the 20th century as a character, this novel explores what happens when that character, dying, passes through a Bardo state--an intermediate state of the soul between death and rebirth
Black like me by John Howard Griffin( Recording )

18 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Howard Griffin discusses racial conditions and attitudes as they exist 10 years after his book was written
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The devil rides outside
The devil rides outsideFollow the ecstasy : Thomas Merton, the hermitage years, 1965-1968Street of the Seven AngelsBlack like meMan in the mirror : John Howard Griffin and the story of Black like meScattered shadows : a memoir of blindness and visionAvailable light : exile in Mexico
Alternative Names
Griffin, John.

Griffin, John H.

Griffin John H. 1920-1980

Howard Griffin, John 1920-1980

John Howard Griffin Amerikaans journalist (1920-1980)

John Howard Griffin écrivain américain

John Howard Griffin US-amerikanischer Autor

Джон Ховард Гриффин

جان هاوارد گریفین

जॉन हॉवर्ड ग्रिफिन

그리핀, 존 하워드 1920-1980

존 하워드 그리핀

グリフィン, J. H.

グリフィン, ジョン・ハワード