Franklin

Visible man : the life of Henry Dumas / Jeffrey B. Leak.

Author/Creator:
Leak, Jeffrey B., 1968-
Publication:
Athens ; London : The University of Georgia Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 195 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Dumas, Henry, 1934-1968.
New York (State) -- New York -- Harlem.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
African American authors -- Biography.
Sweet Home (Pulaski County, Ark.) -- Biography.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.).
African American authors.
Authors, American.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Biography.
Biographies.
Summary:
Henry Dumas did not live to see most of his fiction and poetry in print. A son of Sweet Home, Arkansas, and Harlem, he devoted himself to the creation of a black literary cosmos, one in which black literature and culture were windows into the human condition. While he certainly should be understood in the context of the cultural and political movements of the 1960s--Black Arts, Black Power, and Civil Rights--his writing, and ultimately his life, were filled with ambiguities and contradictions. Dumas was shot and killed in 1968 in Harlem by a white transit policeman under circumstances never fully explained. After his death he became a kind of literary legend, but one whose full story was unknown. A devoted cadre of friends and later admirers from the 1970s to the present pushed for the publication of his work. Here, Jeffrey B. Leak offers a full examination of both Dumas's life and his creative development. Given unprecedented access to the Dumas archival materials and numerous interviews with family, friends, and writers who knew him in various contexts, Leak opens the door to Dumas's rich and at times frustrating life, giving us a layered portrait of an African American writer and his coming of age during one of the most volatile and transformative decades in American history.--From publisher description.
Contents:
Arkansas boyhood
Skyscrapers, subways, and camels
Learning to read, write, and think
Another conversion
Progress, setbacks, and romance
Chasing change
Pages without a publisher
Headed to east boogie
From sweet home to Harlem
Epilogue.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-184) and index.
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards - Nonfiction , Winner, 2015
ISBN:
9780820328706
0820328707
0820347108
9780820347103
OCLC:
852399960
Publisher Number:
40023526083
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