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Micheaux, Oscar 1884-1951

Works: 215 works in 559 publications in 1 language and 13,689 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Silent films  History  Short films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Director, fmd, Author of screenplay, Producer, Adapter, Dedicatee, Interviewee, Performer, Photographer
Classifications: PS3525.I1875, 813.52
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The conquest; the story of a Negro pioneer by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

23 editions published between 1913 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 720 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 )

19 editions published between 1917 and 2016 in English and held by 482 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 )

24 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 412 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 392 WorldCat member 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 )

10 editions published between 1947 and 1975 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body and soul( Visual )

25 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 223 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 wind from nowhere by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

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

Pioneers of African-American cinema( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 209 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 case of Mrs. Wingate by Oscar Micheaux( Book )

13 editions published between 1944 and 1975 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lying lips( Visual )

17 editions published between 1980 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 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The African American cinema( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 140 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 )

15 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. 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
Paul Robeson : outsider( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 130 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 )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 129 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 filmmaker 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 89 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 )

1 edition published in 2001 and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins of the Fantasy Feature: 1. The patchwork girl of Oz -- 2. Magic brains -- 3. The woozy -- 4. The Emerald City -- 5. The house of magic -- 6. Hoppertown -- 7. The throne room of Ozma of Oz -- 8. A happy ending
God's step children by Oscar Micheaux( Visual )

15 editions published between 1938 and 2015 in English and held by 75 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
Murder in Harlem( Visual )

13 editions published between 1935 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman is murdered at the National Chemical Labs and the nightwatchman is arrested. The scene shifts back 3 years when a man falls in love with a woman but is unable to express his true feelings. Three years later, the man is a lawyer and the woman he loved is the sister of the nightwatchman who is on trial for murder. Together they find the real murderer and fall in love in the process
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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 ميتشوكس



English (294)

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