Out There

Out There

by Darryl Pinckney
     
 

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One of our most provocative African American novelists affirms the literary power of the African diaspora with an eloquent appreciation of three writers from very different places and timesSee more details below

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One of our most provocative African American novelists affirms the literary power of the African diaspora with an eloquent appreciation of three writers from very different places and times

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Library Journal
In three essays based on lectures given at Harvard, Pinckney, author of the novel High Cotton, examines writers J.A. Rogers, Vincent O. Carter, and Caryl Phillips. Pinckney has succeeded in creating an engaging study of three black writers who could not be more different. Rogers, born in Jamaica, was a journalist involved with the Harlem Renaissance. Carter, born in Missouri, moved to Switzerland in the 1950s to write but published only one work, The Bern Book: A Record of the Voyage of a Mind. Phillips, who has written both fiction and nonfiction, immigrated during infancy from the Caribbean to postwar Britain. Despite the authors' diverse backgrounds, their writing shares a common theme of "an obsessive's solitary journey," and they all recount tales of "alienated consciousness." The essay about Carter is particularly remarkable, as one learns of his struggles to write and acclimate in a city where he is the only black man. As an Afro European, Phillips discovered his desire to write only after a trip to America. These essays leave the reader wanting to learn more. Alas, there is no bibliography, but the book is still highly recommended for all academic libraries and large public libraries. Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
For the Alain LeRoy Locke lecture series at Harvard University's De Bois Institute (no date noted), novelist Pinckney chose a theme that he hopes to delve more deeply into someday: the presence of nonwhites in Europe. He highlights three writers who exhibit a striking eccentricity of purpose: J.A. Rogers, born in 1890 in Jamaica who became a pioneering journalist of the 1930s and 1940s; Missouri native Vincent O. Carter who went to Switzerland to write in the 1950s and died there sometime in the 1980s; and Carl Phillips, born in 1958 on St. Kitts, raised in England, and now in the full bloom of his writing career. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780786749966
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
1 MB

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