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Kelley, William Melvin 1937-2017

Overview
Works: 43 works in 174 publications in 5 languages and 3,700 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Poetry  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Performer, Other
Classifications: PS3561.E392, 813.54
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A different drummer by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

43 editions published between 1959 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens when all the negroes in a southern state suddenly pack up and leave for the north
Dancers on the shore by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

23 editions published between 1964 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dem by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

24 editions published between 1967 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originally published in 1967, dem is a classic of the Black Arts Movement. This surrealistic satire lays bare the convoluted and symbiotic relationship between whites and blacks. Coffee House Press is pleased to bring back into print this widely unavailable work. Upper-middle-class Manhattanite Mitchell Pierce and his wife Tamara enact the twists and turns of human relationships in this startling fable about the intersections of race, class, sex, love, and marriage. Kelley questions the nature and validity of subjective realities as he examines the constraints and consequences of prejudice. Mitchell is convinced he has it made. With advancement at work, an attractive wife, and a comfortable apartment, he has achieved the 1960s version of the white man’s American dream. Then, slowly but surely, that dream becomes a nightmare, and Mitchell can’t seem to wake up. Did he really find his boss’s wife and children dead in an upstairs bedroom of their suburban home? Did his wife really become pregnant after a brief fling with their black maid’s boyfriend? Notable as a satiric portrayal of white characters from an African American perspective, this milestone achievement tugs at our ability to suspend disbelief and forces us to reexamine stereotypes from the past and current images in America’s racial divide."--Amazon.com
A drop of patience by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

26 editions published between 1965 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In A Drop of Patience, William Melvin Kelley tells the searing story of Ludlow Washington, a black jazz musician, with the emotional intensity of the blues. Blind since childhood and put into a state home, Ludlow first learns the piano and later takes up the horn. When at fifteen he is released to the custody of a bandleader, his unmistakable talent takes him on an odyssey from Boone's Cafe, a small dive in New Marsails, to New York where he becomes a leading, visionary jazz musician. This is the coming of age story of a man set apart - by blindness, by race, by artistry - who must learn through adversity not only who he is and whom to trust, but also from where he derives his self worth. The Dark Tower Series brings this neglected classic back into print after an absence of many years. Considered by Stanley Crouch to be one of the finest novels ever written about jazz - an exploration of the African-American experience that evokes comparisons to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - A Drop of Patience is an exquisite and forceful parable of moral and spiritual blindness and a staggering work of art
Dunfords travels everywheres by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

9 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A different drummer (excerpt: The African) by William Melvin Kelley( Recording )

3 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Melvin Kelley reads William Melvin Kelley by William Melvin Kelley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not exactly Lena Horne by William Melvin Kelley( Recording )

2 editions published between 1969 and 1973 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aitsura( Book )

3 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories from the black experience( Book )

in German and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by Kali by Kali Grosvenor( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty-three poems written by a little girl in her sixth and seventh years relate the experiences of being black
Stories from the Black experience( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Melvin Kelley reads his own works : a different drummer (excerpt "The African"), The only man on Liberty Street (complete short story) by William Melvin Kelley( Recording )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American literature : a brief introduction and anthology by Al Young( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young days( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oswhole'stalking by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bokuno tameni nake( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ideology and four post-1960 Afro-American novelists by Gatsinzi Basaninyenzi( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

William Melvin Kelley reading by William Melvin Kelley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

. by J.B. Stone and Luther K. Masket( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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A different drummer
Alternative Names
Kelley, William M.

Kelley, William M. 1937-

William Melvin Kelley Amerikaans romanschrijver

ویلیام ملوین کلی

ケリー, ウィリアム・メルヴィン

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Dancers on the shoreDemA drop of patienceAfrican American literature : a brief introduction and anthology