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Micheaux, Oscar 1884-1951

Works: 217 works in 621 publications in 2 languages and 15,549 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Western fiction  Pastoral fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Silent films  Short films  Race films  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Director, fmd, Author of screenplay, Producer, Adapter, Other, Dedicatee, Interviewee, Performer, Photographer
Classifications: PS3525.I1875, 813.52
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Oscar Micheaux
The conquest; the story of a Negro pioneer by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

24 editions published between 1913 and 2003 in English and held by 707 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 477 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
Pioneers of African-American cinema( Visual )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 301 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 wind from nowhere by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

16 editions published between 1941 and 1972 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The masquerade : an historical novel by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

11 editions published between 1947 and 1975 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body and soul( Visual )

29 editions published between 1924 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 212 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 )

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

The Girl from Chicago( Visual )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 146 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. 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
Lying lips( Visual )

18 editions published between 1939 and 2008 in English and held by 146 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

Paul Robeson : outsider( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 135 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
The African American cinema( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 133 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
Midnight ramble : Oscar Micheaux and the story of race movies( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member 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 filmaker who wrote, produced, and directed over 40 features
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 93 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 )

13 editions published between 1932 and 2016 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 82 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 81 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 58 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
Paul Robeson Portraits of the artist( Visual )

3 editions published between 1925 and 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of feature films that starred Paul Robeson, plus one short documentary narrated by Sidney Poitier
Straight lick : the cinema of Oscar Micheaux by J. Ronald Green( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"One of the most original and successful filmmakers of all time, Oscar Micheaux was born into a rural, working-class African-American family in middle America in 1884, yet he created an impressive legacy in commercial cinema. Between 1913 and 1951 he wrote, directed, and distributed some forty-three feature films, more than any other black filmmaker in the world, a record of production that is likely to stand for a very long time."--BOOK JACKET
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The conquest; the story of a Negro pioneer
Alternative Names
Devereaux Micheaux, Oscar

Devereaux Micheaux Oscar 1884-1951

Micheaux, Oscar

Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux afroamerikanischer Schriftsteller und Filmregisseur

Oscar Micheaux Amerikaans filmregisseur (1884-1951)

Oscar Micheaux regista, sceneggiatore e attore statunitense

Оскар Мишо

أوسكار ميتشوكس

أوسكار ميشو



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German (1)

The homesteader : a novelLying lipsStraight lick : the cinema of Oscar MicheauxWriting himself into history : Oscar Micheaux, his silent films, and his audiencesStraight lick : the cinema 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