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Ishmael Reed: The Plays
     

Ishmael Reed: The Plays

by Ishmael Reed
 

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The award-winning plays of one of the most celebrated and innovative American writers of our time.

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The award-winning plays of one of the most celebrated and innovative American writers of our time.

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
“Reed’s gift is for the outrageous, for giving vivid expression to cultural controversies very much in the air . . . He is one of the most underrated writers in America.”
Backstage
“A modern day Molière.”
David Remnick - Washington Post
“Literature is lucky to have Ishmael Reed around. If only for the fun of it.”
James Baldwin
“A great writer.”
David Remnick
Literature is lucky to have Ishmael Reed around. If only for the fun of it.
Washington Post
Library Journal
Satire may be what closes on Saturday night, but it is nevertheless a powerful form of dramatic expression. In this first published collection of his plays, Reed takes on a half-dozen contemporary issues and causes, among them radical feminism (in Mother Hubbard) and religious hypocrisy (in The Preacher and the Rapper), in his distinctive style. Over the last few decades, this award-winning writer has explored a variety of racial and political issues in more than a score of novels (e.g., Mumbo Jumbo), books of poetry (e.g., Chattanooga), and essays (e.g., Airing Dirty Laundry). In The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, Reed is characterized as "one of the most original and controversial figures in the field of African American letters." He described his own work to Rebecca Carroll in Swing Low: Black Men Writing this way: "The main thing about my writing is that it is not like any other. I have always strived to be original." VERDICT Theatergoers, social critics, and fans of contemporary literature are natural audiences for this thought-provoking collection.—Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785510
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/02/2009
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or Neo-Hoodooism as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.

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