Search Results: "John Edgar Browning"


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THE FORGOTTEN WRITINGS OF BRAM STOKER by Bram Stoker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"A dogged but uneven work of literary excavation of most interest to literary scholars."
A curious collection of miscellaneous writing by the author of Dracula. Read full book review >

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HURRY HOME by John Edgar Wideman
Released: March 25, 1970

"It deserves to find more than one home."
If you can, that is. Read full book review >

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THE CATTLE KILLING by John Edgar Wideman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 1996

"A dazzling apocalyptic meditation—and a brilliantly imagined portrayal of 18th century America—that nevertheless lacks coherence and presents a web of enigmatic symbolism so thickly woven that many willing readers simply won't know what to make of it."
A complex and challenging new novel from the author of Sent For You Yesterday (1985), Fever (1989), and other rich, provocative examinations of America's heritage of racial injustice. Read full book review >

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FANON by John Edgar Wideman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2008

"Both those familiar and those unfamiliar with Fanon's work are likely to be bemused by this strange potpourri."
The noted African-American author pays homage to psychiatrist/activist Frantz Fanon, best known for his anti-colonial classic The Wretched of the Earth, in this quasi-fictional meditation that incorporates bits of Wideman's own history. Read full book review >

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THE LYNCHERS by John Edgar Wideman
Released: April 25, 1973

"A clever idea run aground."
This novel about four black men's plan to lynch a white cop in blackface disintegrates as do its peculiarly unsympathetic protagonists — Wilkerson the intellectual; crazy silent janitor Rice; Saunders the mug; and the crippled Littleman who dreamed up this symbolic riposte to the Klansmen who made burning and hanging Negroes an American form of art. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1985

"Others will lament that it is not a new book at all, but Faulkner again, sprung into life half a century later, and talky."
Winner of the PEN Faulkner Award for 1984 when printed as a mass market paperback by Avon, this novel reappears now in hard covers from England. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 29, 1984

"A frustrating book, then—with a powerful initial grab, some of the virtues of fiction (texture and emotion), but only sporadic flickers of drama and insight amid the narrative convolutions."
Since 1975, when his younger brother Robby was arrested (and later jailed) for armed robbery and murder, professor/novelist Wideman (Hurry Home, The Lynchers) has been wrestling with this situation—as a family tragedy, as a sociological puzzle, as a personal torment, as material for his fiction. Read full book review >

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HOOP ROOTS by John Edgar Wideman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"A creative, rambling blend of memoir, fiction, and essay."
Novelist Wideman (The Cattle Killing, 1996, etc.) uses basketball as a doorway through which to glimpse black manhood. Read full book review >

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REUBEN by John Edgar Wideman
Released: Oct. 30, 1987

"Otherwise, a truly luminous creation."
Full of dazzling set pieces and flights of urban fancy, Wideman's first novel since his award-winning Sent For You Yesterday never quite coheres—it's a sprawling meditation on "the evil men do to their fellow men," and what holds it (tenuously) together is the "tired old Uncle Remus man" celebrated in the title. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1996 by John Edgar Wideman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 1996

"A perfect place to sample the wide range of current fiction."
Wideman's smart introduction to this annual series challenges the standard criteria for inclusion, and justifies his other departures from convention—he selects 24 stories, not 20, and he knowingly reprints a selection ("In Roseau") from Jamaica Kincaid's recently published novel, The Autobiography of My Mother. Read full book review >

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TWO CITIES by John Edgar Wideman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1998

"An angry, moving work from one of the most original, and accomplished, of modern American novelists."
A somber, eloquent meditation on isolation and violence. Read full book review >

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GOD’S GYM by John Edgar Wideman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2005

"A rich display of the varied skills of one of our finest writers."
Fluid structures and tensely contained emotion bulk large in this third collection from the PEN/Faulkner Award winner (Fever, 1989; Philadelphia Fire, 1990; etc.). Read full book review >