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Low Road

Author: Eddie B. Allen, Jr.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466838620
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Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of world's most popular Black contemporary writers. Having published 16 novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool, Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's personal experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and his fictional tales.

Encyclopedia Of Hip Hop Literature

Author: Tarshia L. Stanley
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031334390X
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Hip Hop literature, also known as urban fiction or street lit, is a type of writing evocative of the harsh realities of life in the inner city. Beginning with seminal works by such writers as Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim and culminating in contemporary fiction, autobiography, and poetry, Hip Hop literature is exerting the same kind of influence as Hip Hop music, fashion, and culture. Through more than 180 alphabetically arranged entries, this encyclopedia surveys the world of Hip Hop literature and places it in its social and cultural contexts. Entries cite works for further reading, and a bibliography concludes the volume. Coverage includes authors, genres, and works, as well as on the musical artists, fashion designers, directors, and other figures who make up the context of Hip Hop literature. Entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia concludes with a selected, general bibliography. Students in literature classes will value this guide to an increasingly popular body of literature, while students in social studies classes will welcome its illumination of American cultural diversity.

Under A Bad Sign

Author: Jonathan Munby
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226550362
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What accounts for the persistence of the figure of the black criminal in popular culture created by African Americans? Unearthing the overlooked history of art that has often seemed at odds with the politics of civil rights and racial advancement, Under a Bad Sign explores the rationale behind this tradition of criminal self-representation from the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary gangsta culture. In this lively exploration, Jonathan Munby takes a uniquely broad view, laying bare the way the criminal appears within and moves among literary, musical, and visual arts. Munby traces the legacy of badness in Rudolph Fisher and Chester Himes’s detective fiction and in Claude McKay, Julian Mayfield, and Donald Goines’s urban experience writing. Ranging from Peetie Wheatstraw’s gangster blues to gangsta rap, he also examines criminals in popular songs. Turning to the screen, the underworld films of Oscar Micheaux and Ralph Cooper, the 1970s blaxploitation cycle, and the 1990s hood movie come under his microscope as well. Ultimately, Munby concludes that this tradition has been a misunderstood aspect of African American civic life and that, rather than undermining black culture, it forms a rich and enduring response to being outcast in America.

America Is The Prison

Author: Lee Bernstein
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807833878
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In the 1970s, while politicians and activists outside prisons debated the proper response to crime, incarcerated people helped shape those debates though a broad range of remarkable political and literary writings. Lee Bernstein explores the forc

Our Auntie Rosa

Author: Sheila McCauley Keys
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698190092
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Our Auntie Rosa is the most intimate portrait yet of the great American hero—"the lady who refused to sit in the back of the bus." The family of Rosa Parks share their remembrances of the woman who was not only the mother of the civil rights movement, but a nurturing mother figure to them as well. Her brave act on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, was just one moment in a life lived with great humility and decency. After the deaths of Rosa Parks's husband and brother, her nieces and nephews became her only family and the closest that she would ever experience to having biological sons and daughters. In this book, they share with readers what she shared with them about her experiences growing up in a racist South, her deep dedication to truth and justice, and the personal values she held closest to her heart. From the Hardcover edition.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

Europe And America

Author: Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson
Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter
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This volume grew out of the conference "Europe and America: cultures in translation," held in Tutzing, Bavaria, October 2005.

Sc Nes De Crimes

Author: Norbert Spehner
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Vous aimez les romans policiers. Vous avez lu Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, sans oublier Conan Doyle et son fameux Sherlock Holmes. Vous êtes en plus un inconditionnel de Ellroy, de Mankell, une grande amatrice de Chrystine Brouillet et Mary Higgins Clark. Bien. Pourtant, devant les centaines de nouveaux titres qui, chaque année, apparaissent sur les tablettes de votre librairie, vous hésitez : comment y trouver à coup sûr le nouvel auteur qui répondra à vos attentes, comment mettre la main sur ce livre qui vous tiendra en haleine des heures durant et dont l'intrigue vous habitera longtemps après que vous aurez tourné la dernière page ? Certes, votre libraire est de bon conseil, mais il ne peut tout lire, le pauvre ! Voici le premier volet d'une série dont la vocation est de présenter un panorama descriptif, analytique et critique du polar en ce début de XXIe siècle. A la fois guide de lecture et analyse critique et thématique, Scènes de crimes se compose de huit chapitres qui explorent tour à tour diverses facettes du genre, différentes " scènes de crimes " : ses composantes essentielles ou sous-genres (le récit de procédure policière, le thriller, le roman noir, le récit à suspense), sa géographie canadienne (le polar québécois et le polar canadien-anglais) et ses aspects thématiques (le polar féminin, le polar et la guerre, le polar et le western). Des dizaines d'auteurs présentés, plus de deux cents romans commentés par un passionné du genre (qui ne dévoile pas les dénouements, il va sans dire !), voilà qui saura combler tous les amateurs de polar et leur assurer des heures et des heures de lecture passionnante !