Chester B. Himes: A Biography: a biography

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
Chester B. Himes has been called "one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition" (Henry Louis Gates Jr.), "the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "a quirky American genius" (Walter Mosely). He was the twentieth century's most prolific black writer, captured the spirit of his times expertly, and left a distinctive mark on American literature. Yet today he stands largely forgotten.In this definitive biography of Chester B. Himes (1909-1984), Lawrence P. Jackson uses exclusive interviews and unrestricted access to Himes's full archives to portray a controversial American writer whose novels unflinchingly confront sex, racism, and black identity. Himes brutally rendered racial politics in the best-selling novel If He Hollers Let Him Go, but he became famous for his Harlem detective series, including Cotton Comes to Harlem. A serious literary tastemaker in his day, Himes had friendships--sometimes uneasy--with such luminaries as Ralph Ellison, Carl Van Vechten, and Richard Wright.Jackson's scholarship and astute commentary illuminates Himes's improbable life--his middle-class origins, his eight years in prison, his painful odyssey as a black World War II-era artist, and his escape to Europe for success. More than ten years in the writing, Jackson's biography restores the legacy of a fascinating maverick caught between his aspirations for commercial success and his disturbing, vivid portraits of the United States.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781501962783
9780393634136
9781501962905
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 7d990085-688b-50de-9ebd-8ea7c59a63a5
Grouping Title chester b himes
Grouping Author jackson lawrence p
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-09-22 06:24:18AM
Last Indexed 2018-09-25 04:54:05AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Prentiss, Ruffin, III., Prentiss, Ruffin.
author Jackson, Lawrence Patrick.
author2-role Prentiss, Ruffin,III.Narrator, Prentiss, Ruffin.|Narrator, Recorded Books, Inc., cloudLibrary
author_display Jackson, Lawrence P
available_at_aacpl Crofton Library, Linthicum Library, Odenton Library
collection_aacpl ADULT, CLOUD LIBRARY, RBDIGITAL
detailed_location_aacpl Crofton Library - Audiobooks, Linthicum Library - Audiobooks, Odenton Library - Audiobooks, Online
display_description Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work A Washington Post Notable Book The definitive biography of the groundbreaking African American author who had an extraordinary legacy on black writers globally. Chester B. Himes has been called “one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition” (Henry Louis Gates Jr.), “the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “a quirky American genius” (Walter Mosely). He was the twentieth century’s most prolific black writer, captured the spirit of his times expertly, and left a distinctive mark on American literature. Yet today he stands largely forgotten. In this definitive biography of Chester B. Himes (1909–1984), Lawrence P. Jackson uses exclusive interviews and unrestricted access to Himes’s full archives to portray a controversial American writer whose novels unflinchingly confront sex, racism, and black identity. Himes brutally rendered racial politics in the best-selling novel If He Hollers Let Him Go, but he became famous for his Harlem detective series, including Cotton Comes to Harlem. A serious literary tastemaker in his day, Himes had friendships—sometimes uneasy—with such luminaries as Ralph Ellison, Carl Van Vechten, and Richard Wright. Jackson’s scholarship and astute commentary illuminates Himes’s improbable life—his middle-class origins, his eight years in prison, his painful odyssey as a black World War II–era artist, and his escape to Europe for success. More than ten years in the writing, Jackson’s biography restores the legacy of a fascinating maverick caught between his aspirations for commercial success and his disturbing, vivid portraits of the United States.
format_aacpl Audio CD, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_aacpl Audiobooks, eAudiobooks, eBook
id 7d990085-688b-50de-9ebd-8ea7c59a63a5
isbn 9780393634136, 9781501962783, 9781501962905
item_details external_econtent:ils:a1500832|1500832-1001|Online|CLOUD LIBRARY|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|CLOUD LIBRARY||https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/AACPL-document_id-nyt4wr9||Available Online||Z-ELIBRARY||, external_econtent:ils:a1526631|1526631-1001|Online|RBDIGITAL|eAudiobook|eAudiobooks|1|false|true|RBDIGITAL||http://annearundelcomd.rbdigital.com/#titles/9781501962905||Available Online||Z-ELIBRARY||, ils:a1399393|31997098173487|Odenton Library - Audiobooks|(COMPACT DISC) 921 HIMES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Jan 02, 2018|WCO||, ils:a1399393|31997098173495|Linthicum Library - Audiobooks|(COMPACT DISC) 921 HIMES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|May 01, 2018|LIN||, ils:a1399393|31997098173610|Crofton Library - Audiobooks|(COMPACT DISC) 921 HIMES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Sep 20, 2018|CRO||
itype_aacpl Adult Audiobook on CD, Downloadable Audio Book, Electronic Book
last_indexed 2018-09-25T08:54:05.927Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Other
literary_form_full Other
local_callnumber_aacpl (COMPACT DISC) 921 HIMES, CLOUD LIBRARY, RBDIGITAL
local_time_since_added_aacpl Year
owning_library_aacpl Anne Arundel County Public Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library Online
owning_location_aacpl Crofton Library, Linthicum Library, Odenton Library
primary_isbn 9781501962783
publishDate 2017
record_details external_econtent:ils:a1500832|eBook|eBook||English|W. W. Norton & Company,|2017.|640 p., external_econtent:ils:a1526631|eAudiobook|eAudiobooks|Unabridged.|English|Recorded Books ;|2017, p2017.|1 online resource (20 hr., 30 min.), ils:a1399393|Audio CD|Audiobooks|Unabridged.|English|Recorded Books,|[2017]|17 sound discs (20 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in., ils:a1500832|eBook|eBook||English|W. W. Norton & Company,|2017.|640 p., ils:a1526631|eAudiobook|eAudiobooks|Unabridged.|English|Recorded Books ;|2017, p2017.|1 online resource (20 hr., 30 min.)
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_aacpl
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
external_econtent:ils:a1500832 1500832-1001 Available Online Available Online false true false false false true
ils:a1399393 31997098173487 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:a1399393 31997098173610 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:a1399393 31997098173495 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
external_econtent:ils:a1526631 1526631-1001 Available Online Available Online false true false false false true
series Griot audio
series_with_volume Griot audio|
subject_facet African American -- HISTORY, African American novelists -- Biography -- Audiobooks (CD), Audiobooks, Audiobooks (C)D, Biographies. -- Audiobooks (CD), Cultural Heritage -- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Downloadable audio books, Electronic books, HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Himes, Chester B., -- 1909-1984, History, Literary -- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Audiobooks (CD)
title_display Chester B. Himes: A Biography
title_full Chester B. Himes [eAudio] / Lawrence P. Jackson, Chester B. Himes [sound recording] : a biography / Lawrence P. Jackson, Chester B. Himes: A Biography [eBook] Jackson, Lawrence P..
title_short Chester B. Himes: A Biography
title_sub a biography
topic_facet African American, African American novelists, Audiobooks (CD), Cultural Heritage, HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Himes, Chester B, History, Literary, Novelists, American