Understanding John Edgar Wideman

Understanding John Edgar Wideman
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Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
Total Pages : 160
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ISBN-10 : 9781611178258
ISBN-13 : 1611178258
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Book Synopsis Understanding John Edgar Wideman by : D. Quentin Miller

Download or read book Understanding John Edgar Wideman written by D. Quentin Miller and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2018-01-15 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among the many gifted African American authors who emerged in the 1970s and 80s, John Edgar Wideman is one of the most challenging and innovative. His analytical mind can turn almost any topic into an intellectual adventure, whether it is playground basketball, the blues, the prison experience, father-son relationships, or the stories he lived or heard growing up in the impoverished section of Pittsburgh known as Homewood. In Understanding John Edgar Wideman, D. Quentin Miller offers a comprehensive overview of Wideman's writings, which range from the critically acclaimed books of the Homewood Trilogy to lesser known writings such as the early novels A Glance Away and The Lynchers. Notably Miller includes the first scholarly analysis of Writing to Save a Life, Wideman's recently published meditation on the military trial and execution of the father of civil rights martyr Emmett Till. In his fiction, nonfiction, and works that artfully combine both forms, Wideman has employed a multilayered and often difficult writing style in order to explore a wide range of topics. Miller tackles such topics as African American folk history, the intersection of personal and public history, the confluence of oral and written traditions, and the quest for meaning in nihilistic urban settings where black families struggle against crime, poverty, and despair. Miller also shows how Wideman's singular personal history is interwoven into his writings. His impressive accomplishments, including an Ivy League education and numerous literary honors, have come alongside family tragedies. By the time his sixth novel was published, both his brother and son were serving life sentences for murder, a source of anguish that he wrestled with in Brothers and Keepers and Fatheralong. Wideman writes with such authority on so many subjects that readers frequently have no idea what to expect with a new publication. Understanding John Edgar Wideman is thus a necessary guide to a prolific, varied, and essential oeuvre.


Understanding John Edgar Wideman
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: D. Quentin Miller
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-15 - Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

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Among the many gifted African American authors who emerged in the 1970s and 80s, John Edgar Wideman is one of the most challenging and innovative. His analytica
A Study Guide for John Edgar Wideman's
Language: en
Pages: 18
Authors: Gale, Cengage Learning
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-14 - Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

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A Study Guide for John Edgar Wideman's "Fever," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; char
A Study Guide for John Edgar Wideman's
Language: en
Pages: 24
Authors: Gale, Cengage Learning
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: - Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

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A Study Guide for John Edgar Wideman's
Language: en
Pages: 18
Authors: Gale, Cengage Learning
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-14 - Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

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A Study Guide for John Edgar Wideman's "Beginning of Homewood," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes pl
Conversations with John Edgar Wideman
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: John Edgar Wideman
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

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Interviews with the author of The Homewood Trilogy, Brothers and Keepers, and Philadelphia Fire.