John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism

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University of Georgia Press, 01.11.2011 - 456 Seiten

John Oliver Killens's politically charged novels And Then We Heard the Thunder and The Cotillion; or One Good Bull Is Half the Herd, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His works of fiction and nonfiction, the most famous of which is his novel Youngblood, have been translated into more than a dozen languages. An influential novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and teacher, he was the founding chair of the Harlem Writers Guild and mentored a generation of black writers at Fisk, Howard, Columbia, and elsewhere. Killens is recognized as the spiritual father of the Black Arts Movement. In this first major biography of Killens, Keith Gilyard examines the life and career of the man who was perhaps the premier African American writer-activist from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Gilyard extends his focus to the broad boundaries of Killens's times and literary achievement--from the Old Left to the Black Arts Movement and beyond. Figuring prominently in these pages are the many important African American artists and political figures connected to the author from the 1930s to the 1980s--W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Alphaeus Hunton, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Harry Belafonte, and Maya Angelou, among others.

 

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Introduction
1
A White Mans Republic 19151928
6
Avoiding the River 19281936
19
Mr Killens 19361942
36
Chasing the Double Victory 19421945
55
None as Radical as Mickey Mouse 19451948
67
The Efficacy of Struggle 19481949
78
A Colored Man Who Happened to Write 19491951
88
Statesmanlike Work 1964
188
In Residence 19651966
202
Explaining Dissent 19661967
217
New Black 19671968
227
We Must Construct a Monument 19681969
238
Champeenship of Blackness 19701971
253
LongDistance Running 19711974
269
I Always Said Class and Race 19741977
281

The Poetry Energy and Convictions 19511954
99
Mr Youngblood 19541955
110
Stalking the Truth 19551957
121
Rights and Rites 19581959
135
Journey to Genesis 19591961
148
Thundering Genius 19611963
163
It Doesnt Hurt to Review 19631964
178
Pushing Pushkin 19771982
293
For Freedom 19821986
305
Dr Ks Run 19861987
323
Notes
331
Bibliography
367
Index
387
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Über den Autor (2011)

Keith Gilyard is distinguished professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

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