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Johnson, Charles 1948-

Works: 121 works in 372 publications in 7 languages and 26,159 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Pictorial works  Biography‡vPictorial works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Textbooks  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee
Classifications: PS3560.O3735, 813.54
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Middle passage by Charles Johnson( Book )

49 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 3,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A freed slave escapes his bad debts in New Orleans by stowing away on a slave ship en route to Africa
Africans in America : America's journey through slavery by Charles Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 2,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of slavery is chronicled through the eyes of slaves, from their landing in Jamestown to the Civil War
Dreamer : a novel by Charles Johnson( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the road with Martin Luther King, his wife and his two assistants. One is a look-alike decoy, a Korean War veteran who considers the pacifism of the civil rights movement naive. The novel describes harrowing scenes at the receiving end of hate. By the author of Middle Passage
King : the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Charles Johnson( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"King is the first true photobiography of a hero's journey. Never before has Martin Luther King's life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful array of photographic images combined with text by writer Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner, detail the pivotal events of King's public life - as well as life with his family - in a rich and stirring format. Johnson writes, "How soon we forget that King was not only a civil rights activist, but also this country's preeminent moral philosopher, a spiritual aspirant, a father and husband, and that these diverse roles - these multiple dimensions of his too brief life - were the foundations for his singular 'dream' that inspired millions worldwide." Here, then, we see Martin Luther King, Jr., in all his aspects: as husband and father, powerful preacher, courageous leader of the civil rights movement, martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally American icon."--Jacket
Being & race : Black writing since 1970 by Charles Johnson( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time in ebook, renowned scholar Charles Johnson's exploration of contemporary black literature and the meaning of the black experience as expressed through the writers Richard Wright, Jean Toomer, David Bradley, and others. Charles Johnson approaches contemporary black literature through the lens of phenomenology. Drawing on such philosophers as Heidegger, Husserl, Satre, and Dufrenne, Johnson addresses the esthetic and epistemological questions surrounding the black experience as expressed by African American authors. In exploring the works of Wright, Toomer, Bradley, and many more, Being & Race enlarges our vision of what fiction's purpose is and how it arises from our common experiences
Philosophy an innovative introduction : fictive narrative, primary texts, and responsive writing by Michael Boylan( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to philosophy that combines readings and exercises with fictive narratives starring traditional figures in the history of the field
Oxherding tale by Charles Johnson( Book )

36 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrates an individual's desperate flight from slavery in the antebellum South in which bondage is spiritual as well as physical, sexual as well as racial
Faith and the good thing by Charles Johnson( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faith Cross, a beautiful and purely innocent young black woman, is told by her dying mother to go and get herself "a good thing." Thus begins an extraordinary pilgrim's progress that takes Faith from the magic and mysticism of the rural South to the promises and perils of modern-day Chicago
Middle passage by Charles Johnson( )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave travels to New Orleans only to discover that nothing but misery awaits him in the big city. As he contemplates his life, he decides that the sea holds his interest and boards the first available ship that sets sail. Soon he learns that he has boarded a slave ship enrote to Africa to collect members of a legendary tribe. The voyage is harrowing, but seeing the captured men shackled and imprisoned drives him to insanity. What follows could cost him his life
The sorcerer's apprentice by Charles Johnson( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>Interweaving the real and the surreal, Charles Johnson spins eight extra-ordinary tales of transformations and metamorphoses. An Illinois farmer teaches a young slave everything he knows - with fatal consequences. A young boy growing to manhood as a country sorcerer''s apprentice learns the difference between power and strength. From the first piece to the last, these stories capture very real human experiences in a new and starting light.</div>
On writers and writing by John Gardner( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All my life," John Gardner wrote, weeks before his death in a motorcycle accident, "I've lived flat-out. As a motorcycle racer, chemist, writer ... I was never cautious." This goes for John Gardner the critic as well, and that is nowhere more evident than in the pieces collected in this book. On Writers and Writing brings together, for the first time, John Gardner's essays and reviews on his fellow writers and reaffirms his status as one of the most intelligent, generous, and insightful critics of his generation. In piece after piece we see Gardner, the consummate teacher and critic, separating novelistic wheat from chaff, genuine fiction from fakery, examining the work of writers he admires - Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, John Cheever, Larry Woiwode, and Joyce Carol Oates - as he would an assignment by one of his students. "Often," Charles Johnson says in his introduction, "the effect is shocking - he said that about John Updike? - but it is a testament to Gardner's professionalism that publicity and public acclaim never blinded him to the basic question every reviewer and critic must ask: What exactly do we have here?" That deceptively simple question is asked insistently throughout many of the pieces collected here, so that the reader too sees the craft and skill of some of America's greatest writers at work. In other essays, Gardner turns his extraordinary intelligence to subjects ranging from fairy tales and religion to King Arthur and Walt Disney. Chock full of insights and opinions, making it essential reading for anyone interested in American literature, On Writers and Writing is also an invaluable contribution to our understanding of John Gardner
Dr. King's refrigerator and other bedtime stories by Charles Johnson( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories that explore issues of identity and race
Soulcatcher and other stories by Charles Johnson( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nothing has had as profound an effect on American life as slavery. For blacks and whites alike, the experience has left us with a conflicted and contradictory history. Now, in fictional form, National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson presents twelve stories illuminating slavery's effects and experiences. From Martha Washington's management of her slaves following the death of her husband to a boy chained in the bowels of a ship laden with human cargo plying the infamous passage from Africa to the South; from a lynching in Indiana to a hunter of escaped slaves searching the Boston market for his quarry; from a Quaker meeting exploring resettlement in Africa to the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation - the voices, terrors, and savagery of slavery come unforgettably to life. These tales transcend history even as they present it, and retell the tragic proportions of a period with astounding realism, power, and emotion."--Jacket
Black men speaking( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Initially conceived as an exploration of "the plight of the black male in the United States," Black Men Speaking is that and more. It gives expression to a range of issues - cultural, economic, psychological, religious, and personal - as seen by a remarkable group of black men - novelists, a well-known artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a doctor, an editor, an academic, a famous musician, and a group of ordinary citizens from Harlem. Powerful voices give us powerful images and powerful messages
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. : his life and crusade in pictures by Charles Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explores his diverse roles as a minister, activist, family man, eloquent speaker, and advocate for peaceful change, in a volume that blends thoughtful text with photographs
I call myself an artist : writings by and about Charles Johnson by Charles Johnson( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work reaches across the colour line to examine how race, gender, class and individual subjectivity shaped the lives of black and white women in the 19th- and 20th-century American South
Juneteenth : a novel by Ralph Ellison( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a black man who passes for white and becomes a race-baiting U.S. senator. When he is shot on the Senate floor, the first visitor in hospital is a black musician-turned-preacher who raised him. As the two men talk, their respective stories come out. An unfinished novel by the author of Invisible Man
Africans in America America's journey through slavery by Steve Fayer( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly ten years in the making, this landmark six-hour film series exposes the truth through surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts. [It] helps define the reality of slavery's past through the insightful commentary of a wide range of voices including General Colin Powell, authors John Edgar Wideman and Barry Unsworth and leading scholars. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett it offers unparalleled understanding - from slavery's birth in the early 1600s through the violent onset of civil war in 1860
In black and white conversations with African American writers by Barbara Christian( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with African American writers
Black humor by Charles Johnson( Book )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Africans in America : America's journey through slaveryDreamer : a novelKing : the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.Being & race : Black writing since 1970Philosophy an innovative introduction : fictive narrative, primary texts, and responsive writingOxherding taleFaith and the good thingThe sorcerer's apprentice