Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas

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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 All of his short fiction is collected here, for the first time, and includes several previously unpublished stories.

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Overview

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 All of his short fiction is collected here, for the first time, and includes several previously unpublished stories.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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891493
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Black Arts Movement Series Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,410,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Foreword
Take This River! 1
Ark of Bones 9
Echo Tree 23
The Crossing 31
Goodbye, Sweetwater 41
A Boll of Roses 57
Double Nigger 85
A Harlem Game 98
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? 105
Strike and Fade 111
Fon 116
The Marchers 131
The Eagle the Dove and the Blackbird 137
Scout 139
Harlem 162
The University of Man 176
Rope of Wind 189
Children of the Sun 205
Devil Bird 209
Invasion 221
The Lake 225
The Distributors 229
Thrust Counter Thrust 242
Six Days You Shall Labor 255
The Man Who Could See Through Fog 278
The Voice 296
Thalia 310
Rain God 319
The Bewitching Bag 323
My Brother, My Brother! 339
The Metagenesis of Sunra 345
Riot or Revolt? 362
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