Search Results: "John Edgar Wideman"


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THE STORIES OF JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN by John Edgar Wideman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Read chronologically, these stories chart Wideman's growth as a storyteller He's willing to take risks, and most often succeeds triumphantly."
This hefty collection reprints Wideman's previous volumes of stories, Fever (1989) and Damballah (1981)—which are also being reprinted this year by the University of Pittsburgh Press as part of a single hardback edition of Wideman's "Homewood Books"—and also includes ten new pieces. 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Earnest, artful, hopeful, angry, and proud, Wideman's lovely book contains the seeds of promise for a world where black children have a rich wellspring of history to draw from, and where there's 'enough love for everybody.'"
Six discursive, stirring autobiographical essays wrestle with the social definitions foisted on the author as a black man and situate him within his own personal experiences and the collective history of his kin. Read full book review >

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WRITING TO SAVE A LIFE by John Edgar Wideman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book seething with the passion and sense of outrage behind the Black Lives Matter movement that also traces specific roots of the movement's genealogy."
The present illuminates the past—but can't provide resolution—in this generation-spanning meditation on injustice. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"With its dark and cynical humor, this metafiction will disturb as many readers as it dazzles."
Wideman's latest novel picks up where the title story in last year's Fever left off—it's a dense and rage-filled meditation on the bombing of a houseful of blacks in West Philadelphia in 1985. Read full book review >

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A GLANCE AWAY by John Edgar Wideman
Released: Aug. 30, 1967

"Experience painfully, painstakingly rendered."
This book, toughly tender, does a smarting job of dramatizing the confrontation between two of life's drop-outs, an aging, pathetic homosexual and a despairing Negro junkie. Read full book review >