Waiting in Line at the Drugstore and Other Writings of James Thomas Jackson

Waiting in Line at the Drugstore and Other Writings of James Thomas Jackson

by James Thomas Jackson
     
 

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A black man's struggles from the Thirties through the Seventies provide the focus for this collection of essays, articles, fiction, and poetry. As a charter member of the Watts Writers Workshop, Jackson gained the attention and respect of Budd Schulberg for the stories of his childhood in Houston and his service in the army. A high school dropout, Jackson

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A black man's struggles from the Thirties through the Seventies provide the focus for this collection of essays, articles, fiction, and poetry. As a charter member of the Watts Writers Workshop, Jackson gained the attention and respect of Budd Schulberg for the stories of his childhood in Houston and his service in the army. A high school dropout, Jackson dedicated his life to writing, a habit that kept him in poverty; he worked at odd jobs until his death at age 59.

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A black man's struggles from the Thirties through the Seventies provide the focus for this collection of essays, articles, fiction, and poetry. Jackson died in 1985 before most of his writing could be published; this volume, with its accounts of army life during the early days of integration, shows the power and clarity that characterize his work. As a charter member of the Watts Writers Workshop, Jackson gained the attention and respect of Budd Schulberg for the stories of his childhood in Houston and his service in the army. A high school dropout, Jackson dedicated his life to writing, a habit that kept him in poverty; he worked at odd jobs until his death at age 59. This book, full of energy and conviction, is a timely and important addition to American writing. It reminds readers of discrimination's pain and of those caught in its terrible cruelty.-- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

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ISBN-13:
9780929398501
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.86(d)

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James Thomas Jackson left Houston for the promise of Los Angeles about the time of the Watts Riots, joined Budd Schulberg's Watts Writers Workshop and began writing for the Los Angeles Times Sunday arts magazine. From a black perspective, Jackson's work forms a particular and important testimony, both positive and negative, about life in the United States from the 1930s through the 1960s. Jackson died in 1985.

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