The Reed Reader

Overview


Ishmael Reed has been described as cavorting "like a black bull in the china shop of Western culture," and The Reed Reader is a collection of the sharp, jagged results of his rampage. In it, one of the most renowned African American writers offers a generous sampling of the brilliant and witty satire, the politically charged, wildly imaginative storytelling, and the caustic cultural criticism that have become his trademarks. In these excerpts from his celebrated novels, poems, plays, and essays, Reed displays an...
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Overview


Ishmael Reed has been described as cavorting "like a black bull in the china shop of Western culture," and The Reed Reader is a collection of the sharp, jagged results of his rampage. In it, one of the most renowned African American writers offers a generous sampling of the brilliant and witty satire, the politically charged, wildly imaginative storytelling, and the caustic cultural criticism that have become his trademarks. In these excerpts from his celebrated novels, poems, plays, and essays, Reed displays an ironic wit, a cold, keen eye for economic exploitation, a hilarious sense of the absurd, and a slender but persistent optimism for the determined souls who transcend their environment and penetrate illusions by daring acts of will. The Reed Reader is the cumulative representation of an astonishing career, a powerful testament to Reed's many and enormous literary gifts.
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Editorial Reviews

Baltimore Sun
Reedwears the mantle of Baldwin and Ellison like a high-powered Flip Wilson in drag.
Nation
The brightest contributor to American satire since Mark Twain.
New York Times Book Review
Reed's prose style resembles the youthful Ali's ring style. It is unorthodox, brash, yet controlled.
News and Observer
Of all the writers who have followed Jonathan Swift's tradition, Ishmael Reed might be the best and most faithful…The Reed Reader dispels at last the lingering, antiquated notion that all black writers are attracted to the same subjects or share a similar worldview. His only loyalty is to his own, rich, imagination.
New York Times
Reed's prose style resembles the youthful Ali's ring style. It is unorthodox, brash, yet controlled.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465068944
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/13/2001
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Ishmael Reed is the award-winning author of nine novels, plus numerous books of poetry, essays, plays, and an opera libretto. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Novels
from The Free-Lance Pallbearers 3
from yellow Back Radio Broke-Down 17
from Mumbo Jumbo 31
from The Last Days of Louisiana Red 59
from Flight to Canada 69
from The Terrible Twos 91
from Reckless Eyeballing 111
from The Terrible Threes 133
from Japanese by Spring 151
Essays
Airing Dirty Laundry 179
God Made Alaska for the Indians 203
300 Years of 1984 235
Bigger and O.J. 247
Soyinka Among the Monoculturalists 267
Eldridge Cleaver 273
The Fourth Ali 281
Shrovetide in Old New Orleans 305
Poems 327
Plays
Hubba City 425
The Preacher and the Rapper 457
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