Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas

Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas

by Henry Dumas, Eugene Redmond
     
 

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Henry Dumas’s fiction is a masterful synthesis of myth and religion, culture and nature, mask and identity. From the Deep South to the simmering streets of Harlem, his characters embark on surreal and mythic quests armed only with wit, words, and wisdom. Championed by Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, and Quincy Troupe, -Dumas’s books have long been out of

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Henry Dumas’s fiction is a masterful synthesis of myth and religion, culture and nature, mask and identity. From the Deep South to the simmering streets of Harlem, his characters embark on surreal and mythic quests armed only with wit, words, and wisdom. Championed by Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, and Quincy Troupe, -Dumas’s books have long been out of print. All of his short fiction is collected here, for the first time, and includes several previously unpublished stories.

Henry Dumas was born in Sweet Home, Arkansas, moved to Harlem, joined the Air Force, attended Rutgers, worked for IBM, and taught at Hiram College in Ohio and Southern Illinois University. In 1968, at the age of thirty-three, he was shot and killed by a New York Transit Authority -policeman.

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Library Journal
When Henry Dumas was killed in 1968, he was a promising young writer about to make a name for himself in African American literature. Some 35 years after his death, this collection of short stories shows more than promise; it is the work of a mature writer able to elevate ordinary life to the level of myth and to make myth and folklore a part of everyday life. From the musings of a field hand attracted to a pretty civil rights worker to the lethal strength of a sax solo, these stories celebrate the magic present in every moment and the awesome power of the African American spirit. While Dumas's work has appeared in previous anthologies, libraries will wish to purchase this complete one to give readers an opportunity to explore the timeless talent of a lesser-known treasure of African American literature. Recommend for all libraries.-Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L., IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566891493
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Black Arts Movement Series Series
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
1,163,106
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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