WorldCat Identities

Sapphire 1950-

Overview
Works: 74 works in 341 publications in 17 languages and 12,437 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Bildungsromans  Poetry  Documentary films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Literature  History 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3569.A63, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sapphire
Push : a novel by Sapphire( Book )

117 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 16 languages and held by 4,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A self-portrait of a black teenage girl, big, fat, unloved, with a father who rapes her and a jealous mother who screams abuse. For Precious, as she is called, hope appears when a courageous teacher, a young black woman, bullies, cajoles and inspires her to learn to read. By the author of American Dreams
The kid by Sapphire( Book )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is Sapphire's latest, a sequel to Push coming 15 years after its publication and one year after Precious, the film based on Push, got Academy Award attention. It is the story of Precious's son, Abdul, opening on the day of his mother's funeral. This book brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. It is a story of survival and awakening, and of one young man's remarkable strength. We meet Abdul at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, this story tells of a twenty-first-century young man's fight to find a way to the future. Intimate, terrifying, deeply alive in Abdul's journey we are witness to an artist's birth by fire. -- From publisher's web site
Push : a novel by Sapphire( Recording )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary
Black wings & blind angels : poems by Sapphire( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alive with the emotional honesty and intellectual force for which Sapphire has been admired as both a writer and a performance artist, these forty-seven poems take us into America's past and present, bearing testimony to the black experience in a country fragmented by war, racism, and urban and domestic violence. They tell the story of a search for the complicated spiritual path back to one's roots, a story of family, race, and self-transformation."--Jacket
The kid : a novel by Sapphire( Recording )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nine year old Abdul is left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart. Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artists' lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty-first-century young man's fight to find a way to the future. Intimate, terrifying, deeply alive, in Abdul's journey we are witness to an artist's birth by fire
American dreams by Sapphire( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poetry and prose pieces captures an angry teenager who goes "wilding" in Central Park, a young African American girl gunned down by a Korean storeowner, a sexually abused child, and the power of art to bear witness and heal its creators
Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) by Lee Daniels( Visual )

36 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een zwart meisje van 16 uit Harlem is zwanger van het tweede kind van haar vader en wordt naar een alternatieve school gestuurd, waar ze leert lezen en schrijven
Push by Sapphire( Recording )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a young Harlem girl who learns to read and write thanks to the encouragement of a teacher who bullies, cajoles and inspires her
Keep simple ceremonies : the feminist spiritual community of Portland, Maine( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice Walker : beauty in truth( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel The Color Purple, in 1983. It was transformed into a Hollywood movie nominated for 11 Oscars and more recently to a successful Broadway musical. This film follows this extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. The Color Purple's theme of triumph against the odds is not that different from Alice's own experience. Her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political upheaval in North American history. Her writing was a vital voice at a time when the personal became the political. Featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, this is a penetrating insight into the life and work of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and passionate human rights activist
Meditations on the rainbow : poetry by Sapphire( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pimp : mémoires d'un maquereau by Iceberg Slim( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in French and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un roman autobiographique où l'auteur, raconte en détail sa carrière de maquereau. Né à Chicago le 14 août 1918, il était à 18 ans un maquereau surdoué et avait la main sur plus d'une centaine de femmes. Il exerça ses talents de la fin des années 30 jusqu'en 1961. Pour se sortir du ghetto, il choisit une carrière d'écrivain qui se révéla exceptionnelle. Il mourut en 1991
Sapphire presents Pimp : the story of my life by Iceberg Slim( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of Precious Jones, a sixteen year old illiterate black girl who has never been out of Harlem
Pusti luči prižgane by Sapphire( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Slovenian and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious. Precious en roman( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious - Das Leben ist kostbar( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Push : a novel : book club in a bag by Sapphire( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious (2009) by Lee Daniels( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious also meets Mrs. Weiss, a social worker, who discovers the abuse and incest that Precious has had to endure. Her father dies of AIDS and Precious learns that she is now HIV-positive
Interview with Sapphire, October 19, 1999( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Push : a novel
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The kidPush : a novelBlack wings & blind angels : poemsThe kid : a novelAmerican dreamsPushBased on the novel "Push"Push : a novel : book club in a bag
Alternative Names
Lofton, Ramona.

Lofton, Ramona 1950-

Ramona Lofton

Sapphire Amerikaans dichteres

Sapphire amerikansk poet

Sapphire écrivaine américaine

Sapphire scrittrice e poetessa statunitense

Sapphire US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

לופטון, רמונה 1950-

ספייר

ספייר 1950-

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