Micheaux, Oscar 1884-1951
Most widely held works about Oscar Micheaux
Most widely held works by Oscar Micheaux
The conquest; the story of a Negro pioneer by Oscar Micheaux ( Book )
21 editions published between 1913 and 2003 in English and held by 1,396 libraries worldwide
The novel portrays the aspirations and struggles of a black homesteader named Oscar Devereaux. Born on a small farm near Cairo, Illinois, one of thirteen children, Devereaux leaves home to work in the Chicago stockyards and finally graduates to the job of porter in a Pullman railway car. He is persoable, industrious, and frugal with a purpose. After saving $2,500, Devereaux goes to South Dakota and buys land. His object is not speculation for quick profit but the cultivation of property he can call his own. He plows and sows and sweats, and by the age of twenty-five has reaped an estate worth $20,000. Success is sweet, self-respect is sweeter. But if the calamities he is exposed to as a homesteader are severe, so are those brought on by marriage to the passive daughter of a dominating preacher.
The homesteader : a novel by Oscar Micheaux ( Book )
8 editions published between 1917 and 1994 in English and held by 440 libraries worldwide
Autobiographical, The Homesteader expands on and continues the life of a black pioneer first described in The Conquest. In this incarnation, Jean Baptiste is his name. He has just purchased land in South Dakota when he meets his "dream girl," but to his mind marriage is impossible because she is white. Willful but warm-hearted, refusing to act as if he has no power to shape events, Baptiste cultivates his land and plans his future. In the face of drought, pestilence, and foreclosure, he turns to writing. His first marriage to the daughter of a Chicago minister collapses in acrimony and high drama. The circumstances that lead to its failure are a telling social commentary. Always learning, Baptiste demands respect and embodies the strengths of the pioneer, the vision of the empire builder. His story will impress and inspire in this cynical age without heroic models.
Midnight ramble Oscar Micheaux and the story of race movies ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 436 libraries worldwide
A documentary recounting the history of the independent film industry that produced close to 500 "race movies" for African-American audiences between 1910 and 1940. Focuses especially on the work of Oscar Micheaux, a controversial filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed over 40 features.
Paul Robeson portraits of the artist ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 321 libraries worldwide
A collection of feature films that starred Paul Robeson, plus one short documentary narrated by Sidney Poitier.
The masquerade, an historical novel by Oscar Micheaux ( Book )
8 editions published between 1947 and 1975 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
Paul Robeson outsider ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
Body and soul: Tells the story of a minister gone corrupt. He associates with the owner of a house of gambling, forces a girl to steal, and later kills the girl's brother. Yet, when all is said and done, it's only a dream. Borderline: Set in a Swiss mountain resort town, tells the story of Adah, a black woman who has an affair with Thorne, a white man, then attempts to reconcile with her husband Pete, and eventually leaves town. Thorne's wife Astrid goes mad and cuts Thorne's face and arm with a knife, then mysteriously dies. After Thorne is tried and acquitted, the mayor sends Pete a letter asking him to leave town for the good of all concerned.
Body and soul ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1924 and 2007 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
Paul Robeson in his first screen role, plays two parts, an evil preacher and his good brother, who wage a personal war for the body and soul of the heroine.
Lying lips ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
In this classic melodrama, a nightclub singer is unjustly convicted and sent to prison for the murder of her aunt.
The wind from nowhere by Oscar Micheaux ( Book )
12 editions published between 1941 and 1972 in English and held by 178 libraries worldwide
The case of Mrs. Wingate by Oscar Micheaux ( Book )
11 editions published between 1944 and 1975 in English and held by 160 libraries worldwide
The African American cinema. I. Oscar Micheaux's Within our gates (1919) ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 159 libraries worldwide
This earliest surviving silent feature directed by an African-American tells the story of a young African-American woman who seeks a Northern white patron for a Southern school for Black children. The scenes of lynching and attempted white-on-Black rape may be a response to D.W. Griffith's The birth of a nation.
The girl from Chicago ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
A young secret service agent falls in love with a schoolteacher in a small Mississippi town. Later in New York, he has to save her friend from the numbers racket and is accused of murder. Micheaux produced an earlier, silent version of this crime melodrama in 1926 under the title The spider's web. The film is controversial because Micheaux was accused of selecting his stars on the basis of their "high yellow" skin color.
Within our gates ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1919 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated African American woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished youths.
The story of Dorothy Stanfield, based on a great insurance swindle, and a woman by Oscar Micheaux ( Book )
3 editions published in 1946 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
Oscar Micheaux's Within our gates ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1919 and 1993 in English and held by 144 libraries worldwide
The earliest surviving feature directed by an African-American, Within our gates tells the story of a young African-American woman who seeks a Northern white patron for a Southern school for Black children. The scenes of lynching and attempted white-on-Black rape may be a response to D.W. Griffith's The birth of a nation.
Murder in Harlem ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1935 and 1996 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 80 libraries worldwide
A black night watchman in a chemical factory finds the body of a young white woman in the basement. Blamed for the murder the man is tried but during the trial the real killer is unmasked.
Swing ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Ted Gregory is trying to become the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway but his star singer is getting in the way.
Ten minutes to live ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1932 and 2007 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
A mystery-musical built around a threatening note which gives the heroine who sings and dances in a Harlem nightclub only "ten minutes to live." There is much nightclub entertainment as the mystery unravels with song and dance numbers and a stand up comedy routine.
Veiled aristocrats ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Twenty years after leaving home, John Walden returns, having achieved his ambition to become a lawyer. He and his mother, Molly, discuss the marital situation of his sister, Rena, and the racial complications it poses. Molly asks John to break up Rena's romance with Frank because she disapproves of him and wants her daughter to marry a man of more refinement. Eventually, after trying to live the life her family desires for her, Rena renounces trying to pass for white, and is reunited with Frank.
The origins of film ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
A collection of early feature and short films held by the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division that illustrate the history of film from 1900-1926.
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Devereaux Micheaux, Oscar 1884-1951