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Chester Himes : a life

Author: James Sallis
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this literary biography, acclaimed poet, critic, and novelist James Sallis explores Himes's life as no other writer has attempted before. Combining the public facts with fresh interviews with the people who knew him best, including his second wife, Lesley, Sallis casts light onto the contradictions, self-interrogations, and misdirections that make Himes such an enigmatic and elusive subject." "Chester Himes: A  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Chester B Himes; Chester B Himes; Chester B Himes; Chester B Himes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Sallis
ISBN: 0802713629 9780802713629
OCLC Number: 44860857
Description: xiv, 368 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Unnatural Histories --
59623 --
"One Way to Be a Nigger" --
The Things a Writing Man Will Do --
Round Us Bark the Mad and Hungry Dogs --
"I'm Still Here" --
A Street He Could Understand --
Going Too Far and Too Far Gone --
"I Don't Have That Much Imagination" --
Literature Will Not Save You --
European Experience --
Story-Shaped Life --
Doubt, Passion, the Madness of Art --
Beautiful White Ruins of America --
A Serious Savage --
A New Intelligence --
Gone So Long --
Black Ruins of My Life --
The Bad Mother --
"I Never Found a Place I Fit."
Responsibility: James Sallis.
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"In this literary biography, acclaimed poet, critic, and novelist James Sallis explores Himes's life as no other writer has attempted before. Combining the public facts with fresh interviews with the people who knew him best, including his second wife, Lesley, Sallis casts light onto the contradictions, self-interrogations, and misdirections that make Himes such an enigmatic and elusive subject." "Chester Himes: A Life is a definitive study not only of the lie of a major African-American man of letters, but of his writing and its relationship to the man himself, drawing a remarkable, deeply affecting portrait of a too often misunderstood and neglected writer. This is a work of high scholarship and of penetrating and passionate insight, a rare conjoining of two fine writers - and as much a work of literature as any of their novels."--BOOK JACKET.

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