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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060839783
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



Chester Himes
Michel Fabre
0313283966
Oct 1992
Hardcover
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Review
“This text is a valuable resource for scholars and libraries interested in African-American literature.”–AFRAM Newsletter

Book Description
Exhaustively researched and well constructed, this comprehensive bibliography clears up mysteries and misconceptions about the work of this important African- American writer known especially for his Harlem series of detective novels, written in France where he lived as an expatriate. The primary bibliography identifies all U.S., French, and British first and second editions of Himes's novels, the first appearances of his short stories in periodicals, his collected fiction, and his nonfiction. It includes manuscript materials and film adaptations. The annotated secondary bibliography documents biographial and critical work about...


Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060836261
October 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



The Critical Response to Chester Himes
Charles L. P. Silet
0313299412
Oct 1999
Hardcover
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Review
“Silet made a wise selection of the best critiques, analyses, and reviews....Since Himes's work has been adapted for motion pictures, thereby making the author a focal point of contemporary interest, this is a necessary and useful book for students and scholars who want to look at the large body of work by this prolific author. All academic collections.”–Choice
“Charles L. P. Silet's The Critical Response to Chester Himes is a valuable one--volume reference to which the beginning Himes scholar can turn in order to see...the effect Himes's writing has had on critics and creative writers, black and white, American and European, for more than 50 years.”–Paradoxa

Book Description
The work of Chester Himes is now undergoing a critical and popular...


The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060175966
September 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



Yesterday Will Make You Cry
Chester B. Himes
0393045773
Feb 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Yesterday Will Make You Cry, the story of a young man's brutal sojourn in prison, was first published in 1952 as Cast the First Stone. Author Chester Himes had intended to write a book based on his own prison experiences, but when publisher after publisher turned it down, Himes rewrote the text. He turned his third-person narrative into a first-person narrative, eliminated flashbacks, and toned down the sometimes poetic language. The revision became, so the new editors tell us, "a hard-boiled prison novel." Finally restored in the form of the original novel, Yesterday Will Make You Cry is the heartfelt book Himes would have had us read: it is occasionally brutal, always uncompromising, and sometimes harrowingly moving.

From Library Journal
Himes's...


Daddy Cool
Donald Goines
0870678779
January 2002
Textbook Paperback
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Entertainment Weekly, Suzanne Ruta
Goines's novels have sold millions of copies in the inner cities (rappers are big fans). Originally published in 1974, this high-profile paperback reprint takes him mainstream. It's about time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Quarterly Black Review, Dominic Ali
Goines manages to walk the line between heartfelt sentiment and melodrama. Best of all, he fully explores the complex inter-relationships of his characters. And don't worry, there is still plenty of tough gangsta stylin' and explosive violence to make hard-core gangsta rappers look like stone-cold punks. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The End of a Primitive
Chester B. Himes
0393315401
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Chester Himes aficionados who've followed detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones from one grisly Harlem crime scene to the next will find a meaner, harsher reality in The End of a Primitive. In this early work, Himes paints an angry, doomed sexual relationship between a tough-guy black writer down on his luck and a wayward white party girl on a slippery slide toward addiction and abuse. Tough stuff, especially for 1955, when the novel first appeared in a bowdlerized version, and it still carries a tragic punch today, down to its classic pulp diction. Himes, a black writer who did crimes and hard time in his youth, and whose personal quest for a measure of peace finally led him to leave the United States altogether, gives the sure sense of knowing the rough turf and hopeless lives he describes.


Yesterday Will Make You Cry
Chester B. Himes
039331829X
Feb 1999
Paperback
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The King Imperiled
Deborah Chester
0441013538
November 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
For twelve years, King Faldain and his warrior-wife, Queen Alexeika, have sought the Chieftain--and the evil sorceress behind him--who killed their son the day barbarians attacked the palace. Now Dain, suffering from a powerful, life-threatening curse, struggles homeward to be saved by the Chalice of Life. But he is about to be betrayed by one closer than he could ever imagine.


The Heat's on
Chester B. Himes
0394759974
Nov 1988
Paperback
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Book Description
From the start, nothing goes fright for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the cause of all the mayhem--three million dollars' worth of heroine and a simple albino called Pinky.

From the Inside Flap
From the start, nothing goes fright for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the...


If He Hollers Let Him Go
Chester Himes
1560254459
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In the decades just prior to the eruption of the American civil rights movement in the late '50s, Chester Himes was one of the most significant African American authors--although today he is less well known than several of his contemporaries. He wrote numerous novels, short stories, essays, and a powerful, searing autobiography, and he did so with an economy of language, a graceful eloquence, and a painful yet unflinching directness.

If He Hollers Let Him Go places Himes in the pantheon of 20th-century novelists. It is an intense and muscular story, with an assembly of characters drawn from virtually every social and economic class present in Southern California in the '40s. The novel takes place over four days in the life of Bob Jones, the only black foreman in a shipyard during World War II. Jones lives in a society...



Chester Alan Arthur (The American Presidents Series)
Zachary Karabell
0805069518
June 2004
Hardcover
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Blind Man with a Pistol
Chester B. Himes
0394759982
Dec 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace-their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence-Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart.

"The word is out on the street, and the hopheads and whores and flimflam artists are running scared: Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are back in print."-- Newsweek

From the Inside Flap
New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger...


Conversations with Chester Himes
Chester Himes
0878058184
November 1995
Hardcover
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Cotton Comes to Harlem
Chester B. Himes
0394759990
Nov 1988
Paperback
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Review
"The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler." - The Sunday Times (London)



"These books have lasting value-as thrillers, as streetwise documentaries, as chapters of black writing at its ribald and unaffected best. On every level they are simply-or rather not so simply, terrific" - The Sunday Times (London)

Review
"The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler." - The Sunday Times (London)



"These books have lasting value-as thrillers, as streetwise documentaries, as chapters of black writing at its ribald and unaffected best. On every level they are simply-or rather not so simply, terrific" - The Sunday Times (London)

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Conversations with Chester Himes
Chester Himes
0878058192
November 1995
Paperback
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The Real Cool Killers
Chester B. Himes
0679720391
Nov 1988
Paperback
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Book Review
To detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, it looked like an open and shut case. After all, Sonny Pickens was still standing over the body of Ulysses Galen, smoking gun hanging from his hand. Only one problem: Sonny's gun was loaded with blanks. There were plenty of people who wanted Galen dead, but who was responsible? Sonny? A jealous husband? Or one of the street toughs from a gang calling themselves the Real Cool Moslems? Coffin Ed and Grave Digger pound the mean streets of 1950s Harlem in search of the Real Cool Killer.

Book Description
Many people had reasons for killing Galen, a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls. But there are complications--like a drug addict, a disappearing suspect, and the fact that Coffin Ed's daughter...


A Rage in Harlem
Chester B. Himes
0679720405
Dec 1989
Paperback
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Review
"Himes undertook to do for Harlem what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles." --Newsweek

"Himes wrote spectacularly successful entertainments, filled with gems of descriptive writing, plots that barely sidestep chaos, characters surreal, grotesque, comic, hip, Harlem recollected as a place that can make you laugh, cry, shudder." --John Edgar Wideman

"Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition.  His command of nuances of character and dynamics of plot is preeminent among writers of crime fiction.  He is a master craftsman." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Review
"Himes undertook to do for Harlem what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles." --Newsweek

"Himes wrote spectacularly...

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