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Kelley, William Melvin 1937-2017

Overview
Works: 52 works in 225 publications in 7 languages and 4,144 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Poetry  Short stories  Dystopian fiction  Historical fiction  Excerpts 
Roles: Author, Performer, Other
Classifications: PS3561.E392, 813.54
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Most widely held works about William Melvin Kelley
 
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A different drummer by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

68 editions published between 1959 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unwilling to live in a society based on inequality, a Southern Black burns his land and home and departs for the North with his family
Dancers on the shore by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

27 editions published between 1964 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dem by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

25 editions published between 1967 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dem is a classic of the Black Arts Movement. This surrealistic satire lays bare the convoluted and symbiotic relationship between whites and blacks. 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
A drop of patience by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

33 editions published between 1965 and 2020 in English and Japanese and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the age of five, a blind African-American boy is handed over to a brutal state home. Here Ludlow Washington will suffer for eleven years, until his prodigious musical talent provides him an unlikely ticket back into the world. The property of a band, playing for down-and-outs in a southern dive, Ludlow's pioneering flair will take him to New York and the very top of the jazz scene - where his personal demons will threaten to drag him back down to the bottom
Dunfords travels everywheres by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

10 editions published between 1968 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1967 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stunning, thought-provoking first novel by a "lost giant of American literature" (The New Yorker)June, 1957. One hot afternoon in the backwaters of the Deep South, a young black farmer named Tucker Caliban salts his fields, shoots his horse, burns his house, and heads north with his wife and child. His departure sets off an exodus of the state's entire black population, throwing the established order into brilliant disarray. Told from the points of view of the white residents who remained, A Different Drummer stands, decades after its first publication in 1962, as an extraordinary and prescient triumph of satire and spirit
William Melvin Kelley reads William Melvin Kelley by William Melvin Kelley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories from the black experience( Visual )

3 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by Kali by Kali Grosvenor( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 5 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 )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aitsura( Book )

3 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in Japanese and held by 3 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

Schomburg Center LP record collection( Recording )

in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Schomburg Center LP Record Collection unifies thousands of acquired and donated long play vinyl albums. They include a breadth of musical styles, performances, and genres including jazz, popular, religious and folk music, theater productions, movie soundtracks, comedy routines, poetry performances and speeches by historical figures. Distributed by major labels and through independent means, the collection captures sounds of black culture across the diaspora from the 1920s through the 1990s
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

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

Wonderful town : [New York stories from the New Yorker] by David Remnick( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wonderful Town is the second half of our celebration of The New Yorker's 75th anniversary, and masterfully anthologizes a selection of the greatest short stories written this century. While the individual stories differ widely in their theme and tone, all share the common thread of taking place in and around New York City
. by J.B. Stone and Luther K. Masket( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 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

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

Oswhole'stalking by William Melvin Kelley( Book )

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

 
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A different drummer
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Dancers on the shoreDemA drop of patienceAfrican American literature : a brief introduction and anthologyWonderful town : [New York stories from the New Yorker]
Alternative Names
Kelley, William M.

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Kelley, William M. 1937-2017

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Languages
English (164)

French (10)

Japanese (7)

German (4)

Dutch (3)

Italian (1)

Spanish (1)