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Micheaux, Oscar 1884-1951

Works: 203 works in 581 publications in 1 language and 14,894 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Silent films  History  Short films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Race films 
Roles: Author, Director, fmd, Author of screenplay, Producer, Adapter, Performer, Interviewee, Dedicatee, Photographer
Classifications: PS3525.I1875, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Oscar Micheaux
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Most widely held works by Oscar Micheaux
The conquest; the story of a Negro pioneer by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

25 editions published between 1913 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 715 WorldCat member 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 )

20 editions published between 1917 and 2016 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member 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
Oscar Micheaux's Within our gates( Visual )

26 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member 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
Paul Robeson : portraits of the artist( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All-American athlete, scholar, renowned baritone, stage actor, and social activist, Paul Robeson ... the son of an escaped slave, managed to become a top-billed movie star during the time of Jim Crow America ... his film legacy lives on and continues to speak eloquently of the long and difficult journey of a courageous and outspoken African-American."--Container
Pioneers of African-American cinema( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own
The masquerade : an historical novel by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

10 editions published between 1947 and 1975 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wind from nowhere by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

14 editions published between 1941 and 1972 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body & soul by M. Craig Barnes( Visual )

26 editions published between 1924 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member 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
The case of Mrs. Wingate by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

13 editions published between 1944 and 1975 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lying lips( Visual )

18 editions published between 1939 and 2008 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this melodrama, a nightclub singer is unjustly convicted and sent to prison for the murder of her aunt. Her boyfriend and a detective set out to prove she is innocent
The story of Dorothy Stanfield : based on a great insurance swindle, and a woman! by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

3 editions published between 1946 and 2009 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The African American cinema( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member 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 )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member 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
Paul Robeson : outsider( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member 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
Midnight ramble : Oscar Micheaux and the story of race movies( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recounts the history of the black film industry from 1910 to the 1940s and includes rare clips and highlights."--Container
The girl in room 20 ; Son of Ingagi ; The girl from Chicago ; Lying lips( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Girl in room 20) A girl goes to New York to make her way as a singer. Befriended by Joe, a kind hearted taxi driver, she finally gets a job singing only to be pursued by a slick club manager who just happens to also be married. Joe calls her boyfriend back home and he comes running to save the girl. (Son of Ingagi) An ape man steals a bride and whisks her to his lab. (Girl from Chicago) An undercover government agent on a case in Mississippi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. (Lying lips) After a nightclub singer is framed for murder and sent to prison, her detective boyfriend uncovers the real crooks
Veiled Aristocrats( Visual )

11 editions published between 1932 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 80 WorldCat member 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 )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 79 WorldCat member 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
God's step children by Oscar Micheaux( Visual )

17 editions published between 1937 and 2015 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A light-skinned girl is abandoned by her mother and is sent by her foster mother to an all-Black school. She grows up and has a hard time fitting in to Black society
The forged note : a romance of the darker races by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

11 editions published between 1915 and 2013 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Micheaux's novel The Forged Note: A Romance of the Darker Races was published in 1915. The story pertains to a racially motivated lynching in Atlanta
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Audience level: 0.31 (from 0.07 for The life a ... to 0.64 for The forged ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The conquest; the story of a Negro pioneer
Alternative Names
Devereaux Micheaux Oscar 1884-1951

Micheaux, Oscar

Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux afroamerikanischer Schriftsteller und Filmregisseur

Oscar Micheaux American writer and director

Oscar Micheaux Amerikaans filmregisseur (1884-1951)

Oscar Micheaux regista, sceneggiatore e attore statunitense

Оскар Мишо

أوسكار ميشو



English (317)

The homesteader : a novelLying lipsWriting himself into history : Oscar Micheaux, his silent films, and his audiencesStraight lick : the cinema of Oscar MicheauxWith a crooked stick : the films of Oscar MicheauxOscar Micheaux and his circle : African-American filmmaking and race cinema of the silent eraFire and desire : mixed-race movies in the silent era