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Williams, John A. 1925-2015

Overview
Works: 153 works in 519 publications in 5 languages and 17,361 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Political fiction  Biography  Didactic fiction  Pictorial works  Juvenile works  Diary fiction  Musical fiction 
Subject Headings: African American authors 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Author of introduction, Contributor, Librettist
Classifications: PS3573.I4495, 813.54
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The man who cried I am ; a novel by John A Williams( Book )

46 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Amsterdam in 1964, the story of Max Reddick, an American Negro writer dying of cancer; of thirty years which have been determined by his race, and of his inner struggle to affirm his own identity
Captain Blackman; a novel by John A Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in English and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wounded during a search-and-destroy mission in Vietnam, Captain Abraham Blackman lapses into a coma and hallucinates about the role of the black soldier past and present in this time-machine variation. PW called this "a dramatically sound and exciting retelling of history." The novel seamlessly blends fantasy and history from 1776 to the early 1970s
Beyond the angry black by John A Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 1966 and 1971 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The King God didn't save; reflections on the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr by John A Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1978 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

!Click song by John A Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cato Caldwell Douglas, a black novelist, tries to piece together the reasons for the suicide of his friend Paul Cummings, a white novelist
Sons of darkness, sons of light; a novel of some probability by John A Williams( Book )

22 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This parable of racial intrigue centers on the killing of an unarmed black youth by Sergeant Carrigan, a white policeman. The murder prompts Eugene Browning, second in command at the Institute for Racial Justice, a civil rights organization, to seek revenge by hiring a professional killer to assassinate Carrigan. Browning enlists the help of an aging Mafia don, who passes the hit to a former terrorist from Israel. This single act of retribution sets in motion a crisis of unprecedented proportions as a band of black militants proceed to launch a violent plan of their own. As the dramatic events unfold, Browning struggles to put his troubled personal and professional life back in order
If I stop I'll die : the comedy and tragedy of Richard Pryor by John A Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sissie by John A Williams( Book )

28 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sissie Joplin is dying, and her surviving children have come to say good-bye. Estranged from their mother for years, Iris and Ralph have both achieved success—Iris as a jazz singer in Europe and Ralph as a playwright—but the pain of their youth remains forever alive in their memories. Sissie, too, remembers: the bitter struggles and the devastating tragedies; the indignities, cruelties, and deprivations visited upon a strong-willed black woman—and on the once proud men in her life ultimately defeated by a white society that at times seemed devoted to their destruction. Sissie was not always wise or fair, and her actions often did more harm than good, but she survived. And now, at the end of her life, it is time for a reckoning—and one last opportunity to heal. A powerfully affecting family saga and a provocative indictment of racism in America, Sissie is a magnificent achievement by John A. Williams, the award-winning author heralded by Ishmael Reed as "the best African American writer of the century."
This is my country too by John A Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1964 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flashbacks; a twenty-year diary of article writing by John A Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa: her history, lands and people, told with pictures by John A Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1962 and 1975 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacob's ladder : a novel by John A Williams( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Night song by John A Williams( Book )

33 editions published between 1961 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by the life of Charlie ?Bird? Parker, this poignant, provocative, and stylistically brilliant tale paints a vivid picture of the New York City jazz scene In Greenwich Village, jazz is king, enticing hip young crowds with its seductive and vibrant rhythms. Jazz is also the lifeblood pumping through the veins of Richie ?Eagle? Stokes, a saxophonist blessed with an otherworldly talent but cursed by cravings for women, fame, and heroin. To ex{u2013}college professor David Hillary, musicians like Stokes are gods possessed with the uncanny ability to turn a private inner world inside out and make everything else irrelevant. And for ex-preacher Keel Robinson, Hillary{u2019}s unlikely savior, the bewitching music serves as a bridge across racial boundaries as he embarks on a forbidden and dangerous love affair. Considered one of the finest novelists of a generation that included James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright, author John A. Williams follows a diverse cast of all-too-human characters through nighttime New York City in this incendiary and unforgettable novel
The most native of sons; a biography of Richard Wright by John A Williams( Book )

7 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the black American author whose novels dealt with the social problems of the American Negro
Clifford's blues by John A Williams( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black man recounts life in a World War II concentration camp. He is Clifford Pepperidge, a gay pianist from New Orleans, working in night clubs in Germany. Arrested for being a homosexual, he is deported to Dachau where a Nazi officer employs him to play the piano at parties. The officer is gay and Pepperidge must sleep with him. A tale of degradation in order to survive, by the author of Captain Blackman
Mothersill and the foxes by John A Williams( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Junior Bachelor Society by John A Williams( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The angry ones by John A Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Angry Ones is a powerful story of the hidden and (unacknowledged) racism that faces an educated black man in the professional world and the painful truths that warp interracial sex. Steve Hill, a young black army officer, travels east from California to New York in search of a simple dream: a secure job with a future
The Berhama account by John A Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dear Chester, Dear John : letters between Chester Himes and John A. Williams by Chester B Himes( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chester Himes and John A. Williams met in 1961, as Himes was on the cusp of transcontinental celebrity and Williams, sixteen years his junior, was just beginning his writing career. Both men would go on to receive international acclaim for their work, including Himes's Harlem detective novels featuring Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson and Williams's major novels The Man Who Cried I Am, Captain Blackman, and Clifford's Blues. Dear Chester, Dear John is a landmark collection of correspondence between these two friends, presenting nearly three decades worth of letters about their lives and loves, their professional and personal challenges, and their reflections on society in the United States and abroad."--Jacket
 
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Alternative Names
John Alfred Williams

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Джон А. Уильямс

ジョン・ウィリアムズ (作家)

Languages
English (305)

German (4)

Dutch (3)

French (2)

Swedish (2)

Covers
Captain Blackman; a novelSons of darkness, sons of light; a novel of some probabilityIf I stop I'll die : the comedy and tragedy of Richard PryorSissieClifford's bluesThe angry onesDear Chester, Dear John : letters between Chester Himes and John A. Williams