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Demby, William

Overview
Works: 36 works in 109 publications in 3 languages and 3,362 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Novels  Catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: PS3507.E5346, 813.54
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Most widely held works by William Demby
Beetlecreek; a novel by William Demby( )

35 editions published between 1950 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 2,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After several years of silence and seclusion in Beetlecreek's black quarter, a carnival worker named Bill Trapp befriends Johnny Johnson, a Pittsburgh teenager living with relatives in Beetlecreek. Bill is white. Johnny is black. Both are searching for acceptance, something that will give meaning to their lives. Bill tries to find it through good will in the community. Johnny finds it in the Nightriders, a local gang. David Diggs, the boy's dispirited uncle, aspires to be an artist but has to settle for sign painting. David and Johnny's new friendship with Bill kindles hope that their lives will get better. David's marriage has failed; his wife's shallow faith serves as her outlet from racial and financial oppression. David's unhappy routine is broken by Edith Johnson's return to Beetlecreek, but this relationship will be no better than his loveless marriage. Bill's attempts to unify black and white children with a community picnic is a disaster. A rumor scapegoats him as a child molester, and Beetlecreek is titillated by the imagined crimes. This novel portraying race relations in a remote West Virginia town has been termed an existential classic. It would be hard, said The New Yorker, to give Mr. Demby too much praise for the skill with which he has maneuvered the relationships in this book. During the 1960s Arna Bontemps wrote, "Demby's troubled townsfolk of the West Virginia mining region foreshadow present dilemmas. The pressing and resisting social forces in this season of our discontent and the fatal paralysis of those of us unable or unwilling to act are clearly anticipated with the dependable second sight of a true artist." First published in 1950, Beetlecreek stands as a moving condemnation of provincialism and fundamentalism. Both a critique of racial hypocrisy and a new direction for the African-American novel, it occupies fresh territory that is neither the ghetto realism of Richard Wright nor the ironic modernism of Ralph Ellison. Even after fifty years, more or less, William Demby said in 1998, "It still seems to me that Beetlecreek is about the absence of symmetry in human affairs, the imperfectibility of justice the tragic inevitability of mankind's inhumanity to mankind." William Demby is the author of The Catacombs and Love Story: Black. He lives in Sag Harbor, N.Y. James C. Hall, a professor of African-American Studies and English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, is the author of the forthcoming book, Mercy, Mercy, Me: African-American Culture and the American Sixties, and editor of Langston Hughes: A Collection of Poems
The catacombs by William Demby( Book )

21 editions published between 1965 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love story Black by William Demby( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 1986 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beetlecreek : Afterword by Herbert Hill by William Demby( Book )

3 editions published between 1967 and 1972 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bītorukurīku by William Demby( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Comus by William Demby( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young African American soldier tells the oral history of his fabled ancestor King Comus to a fellow GI called D. In keeping with his body of work, chronology, truth-telling, and reality are continually called into question throughout the movel as the author weaves three interrelated timeframes: an early 19th century plotline follows the experiences of titular King Comus, a virtuoso musician and escaped slave, during the Indian Removal Act through his eventual participation in the Indian Wars; a World War II plotline directly engages the author's wartime experiences as it relates to time in training camp and Italy alongside D; and a turn of the 21st century plotline recounts the reunion of D and the author with their white commanding officer in Italy and efforts to organize a global gospel music summit
Act of outrage : (Original title: Beetlecreek) by William Demby( Book )

2 editions published in 1955 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The catacombs : Introd. by Robert Bone by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The catacombs by William Demby( Book )

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

Robert Carroll by Dario Micacchi( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La settimana della fede by William Demby( Book )

2 editions published in 1952 in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le catacombe by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A NOVEL BEETLECREEK by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beetlecreek : a novel by by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[William Demby( Visual )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Beetlecreek : William Demby by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Antonino Virduzzo: i gioielli by Sergio Toni( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Festa a Beetlecreek : romanzo by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1950 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The table of wishes come true by William Demby( )

1 edition published in 1951 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Beetlecreek, [with an] afterword by William Demby( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Beetlecreek; a novel
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Demby, William Edward Jr

William Demby Amerikaans schrijver (1922-2013)

William Demby novelist

William Demby scrittore statunitense

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