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Himes, Chester B. 1909-1984

Works: 511 works in 2,023 publications in 16 languages and 44,629 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fantasy fiction  Literature  Political fiction  Romance fiction  Records and correspondence  History 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Honoree
Classifications: PS3515.I713, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Chester B Himes
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Most widely held works by Chester B Himes
If he hollers let him go : a novel by Chester B Himes( Book )

97 editions published between 1945 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a four day period, Bob Jones, a young black man working in the Los Angelos during World War II, loses his job, his girl, and his army deferment and is falsely accused of raping a white woman
Cotton comes to Harlem by Chester B Himes( Book )

67 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Black flim-flam man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he's counting on the big Harlem rally to produce a big collection for his own private charity."--Back cover
The collected stories of Chester Himes by Chester Himes( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning over forty years of Chester Himes' writing career, this provocative collection of short stories uncovers the internal struggles of black individuals caught between rage and resignation in American society. From the earliest stories, written at the time of Himes' term in prison for jewelry theft, to those written at his emigration to France and later to Spain, where he died in 1984, these tales resound with both wit and indignation. This collection includes all of Himes' surviving stories--including some never published before
The third generation : a novel by Chester B Himes( Book )

63 editions published between 1954 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers tips and advice for decorating homes for the holiday season, emphasizing the use of lights, and displays decorated houses from around the country
Lonely crusade : a novel by Chester Himes( Book )

53 editions published between 1947 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yesterday will make you cry by Chester B Himes( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prison life in the 1930s featuring a white man incarcerated for robbery. The novel is based on the experience of its black author and deals with violence and male love. This edition is the unpublished original, a sanitized version having been published in 1953 under the title, Cast the First Stone
The heat's on by Chester B Himes( Book )

48 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the start, nothing goes right for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run."--From back cover
Pinktoes : a novel by Chester B Himes( Book )

70 editions published between 1961 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pinktoes," Chester Himes said, "is a term of indulgent affection applied to white women by Negro men, and sometimes conversely by Negro women to white men, but never adversely by either." In this rowdy work of fiction that debunks self-satisfied do-gooders, Himes satirizes social missionaries who preach uplift and promote specious causes. With Rabelaisian zest he portrays Mamie Mason, Harlem's most influential society matron, hosting desegregated sexual orgies, all for the advancement of harmony between the races. Just as eager as Mamie to bask in the favorable light of social justice are liberal whites who wish to be seen amid the "right people." Printed in Paris in 1962 because it was perhaps too confrontational for U.S. publishers, this sex farce is regarded as Himes's most daring work of fiction
A rage in Harlem by Chester Himes( Book )

45 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jackson loses his life savings to a con man, now his twin brother Goldy, who disguises himself as a nun, must help him get it back
The real cool killers by Chester B Himes( Book )

42 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many people had reasons for killing Galen, a big Greek with too much money and too great a liking for young black girls. But there are complications-- like Sonny, high on hash, found standing over the body with a gun in his hand that fires only blanks; a street gang called the Moslems; a disappearing suspect; and the fact that Coffin Ed's daughter is up to her pretty little neck in the whole explosive business."
Blind man with a pistol by Chester B Himes( Book )

34 editions published between 1969 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace, their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence, Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart."--Back cover
All shot up by Chester B Himes( Book )

52 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson keep order in Harlem
Run man run by Chester B Himes( Book )

50 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A white undercover cop vents his rage and starts a cycle of violence from which there is no escape. Walker, one of New York's embittered policemen, is vicious when drunk. Staggering into a restaurant on a freezing day, he kills two black workers "because they were there," and pursues a third who witnessed the murders in one of the most suspenseful chases ever put on paper."--Back cover
The big gold dream by Chester Hihes( Book )

44 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pursuing two apparently unrelated murders, detectives Coffin ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are led into a squalid Harlem ghetto, where they confront the killer in an explosive showdown
Plan B : a novel by Chester Himes( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tomsson Black, political visionary, business genius, and underground revolutionary, plots to avenge injustice by instigating racial turmoil. The roots of racism extend far back into his ancestry, and persecution and suffering have affected many generations of his family. Tomsson's own misfortunes are the impetus for him to found a criminal underworld whose ultimate purpose is the overflow of white society. This novel, the history of Tomsson Black and an indictment of racism in America, ends in apocalypse. It is Chester Himes's ultimate statement about the destructive power of racism and his own personal fantasy of how the American Negro, through calculated acts of violence and martyrdom, could destroy the unequal system pervading American life. However, after reaching an ideological impasse, Himes, one of the angriest writers in the black protest movement, left this novel unfinished. After his death in Spain in 1984, a rumor persisted that he had left a final, unfinished Harlem story, in which he literally destroys both his Harlem backdrop and his heroes in a violent racial cataclysm. The manuscript, entitled Plan B, is that novel. It was edited and published in France, where it was widely hailed as an unfinished masterpiece by readers and critics alike. This new edition, appearing for the first time in the United States, includes an introduction by Michel Fabre (The Sorbonne) and Robert E. Skinner (Xavier University), who have prepared Plan B for publication
The crazy kill by Chester B Himes( Book )

33 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A & P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans too far and falls out; a bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out
Cast the first stone; a novel by Chester B Himes( Book )

35 editions published between 1952 and 1997 in English and French and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman over een homoseksuele liefde in de gevangenis
Black on Black; Baby sister and selected writings by Chester Himes( Book )

18 editions published between 1942 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A case of rape by Chester B Himes( Book )

15 editions published between 1963 and 2003 in English and French and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the rape and murder of Mrs Elizabeth Hancock
The end of a primitive by Chester B Himes( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A once-acclaimed black novelist, now on the downward path, meets a white divorcee with a taste for black men. The result is sex, violence and death. The novel is the latest in Norton's Old School Books series, which are reprints of pulp fiction by black authors
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Audience level: 0.29 (from 0.02 for Dear Chest ... to 0.47 for A case of ...)

The collected stories of Chester Himes
Cotton comes to HarlemThe collected stories of Chester HimesThe third generation : a novelLonely crusade : a novelYesterday will make you cryThe heat's onPinktoes : a novelA rage in Harlem
Alternative Names
Bomar Himes, Chester 1909-1984

Chester Himes Amerikaans schrijver (1909-1984)

Chester Himes amerikansk författare

Chester Himes amerikansk skribent

Chester Himes écrivain américain

Chester Himes escritor estadounidense

Chester Himes scrittore statunitense

Chester Himes US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Himes Chester

Himes, Chester 1909-1984

Himes, Chester B.

Himes, Chester B. 1909-

Himes, Chester B. 1909-1984

Himes Chester Bomar

Himes Chester Bomar 1909-1984

Himes-Clavé 1909-1984

Himes-Clavé, Chester 1909-1984

Хаймз Ч.

Хаймз Честер

Хеймс Ч. 1909-1984

Честер Гаймс американський письменник

Честер Хаймс

چستر هیمز

하임스, 체스터 1909-


ハイムズ, チェスター