Most widely held works about Clarence Major
Most widely held works by Clarence Major
Calling the wind : twentieth century African-American short stories ( Book )
8 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 1,454 libraries worldwide
An anthology of twentieth-century African-American short stories written by Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, and more than fifty others, with biographical notes.
Juba to jive : a dictionary of African-American slang ( Book )
8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,276 libraries worldwide
Since the days of slavery, when the conversations of black slaves served as the classic example of a secret tongue, a kind of "home talk" in the sense that it was not meant for listeners beyond the nest, to the 1980s and '90s and the expressions of rap and hip-hop, the evolution of African-American slang from private to public language has irrevocably influenced American culture and speech. Illuminating this vibrant language, Juba to Jive offers a comprehensive collection of terms, from the oldest to the most modern, as well as clear straightforward definitions of words, phrases, and expressions, with many examples in context; approximate date of each term's arrival into the language; modifications of meanings as the terms entered the mainstream; cross-references to similar terms; linguistic roots, from onomatopoetic sources to rhyming jargon; and shifts in word forms and grammatical usage.
The garden thrives : twentieth-century African-American poetry ( Book )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,027 libraries worldwide
A collection of African-American poetry "exploring the presence of both rural and urban settings, the evolution of black poetic language, and the emergence of perhaps another Renaissance."
The new Black poetry ( Book )
9 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in English and held by 1,014 libraries worldwide
The dark and feeling; Black American writers and their work by Clarence Major ( Book )
7 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 991 libraries worldwide
Dictionary of Afro-American slang by Clarence Major ( Book )
17 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and held by 989 libraries worldwide
Come by here : my mother's life by Clarence Major ( Book )
17 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 913 libraries worldwide
Poet and novelist Clarence Major writes about his mother, an African American woman whose life was shaped by her ability to pass for white.
Such was the season : a novel by Clarence Major ( Book )
5 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and held by 599 libraries worldwide
Such Was the Season is the story of an eventful week in the life of an elderly matriarch of a large black family in Atlanta. Annie Eliza narrates the story of "a killer diller" week, with the homecoming of her nephew, Adam "Juneboy" North, a doctor at Yale who has been gone for more than twenty-five years. Following her nephew's arrival Annie Eliza's daughter-in-law declares her intention to run for a seat in the state senate, which is soon disrupted by the threat of scandal involving someone close to her.
All-night visitors by Clarence Major ( Book )
13 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 libraries worldwide
A reprint of a black soldier's experience in America on his return from the Vietnam War. For Eli Bolton, America is also a jungle, except that the gooks are white. This is an unexpurgated version of a novel published in 1969.
Swallow the lake by Clarence Major ( Book )
7 editions published between 1970 and 1998 in English and held by 548 libraries worldwide
Dirty bird blues : a novel by Clarence Major ( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 535 libraries worldwide
A tale of post-World War II black America through the eyes of an out-of-work bluesman. He is Manfred Banks who seeks easy answers to joblessness and racism in whisky and in moving on. But the blues in his soul and the dreams in his mind keep bringing him back to face himself and eventually he emerges from his depths. By the author of Such Was the Season.
Configurations : new and selected poems, 1958-1998 by Clarence Major ( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 526 libraries worldwide
My amputations : a novel by Clarence Major ( Book )
10 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 506 libraries worldwide
The author of the acclaimed novel, Reflex and Bone Structure, returns here in My Amputations, to the question of identity, the double, adventure, detection and mystery, but with more hypnotic power and range. In My Amputations he has his protagonist, Mason Ellis, (who may just be "a desperate ex-con" or a wronged American novelist out to right the wrong done to him) jump through flaming loops like a trained dog, so to speak. In other words, there seems to be no end to the troubles Mason Ellis faces. His story takes him from the South Side of Chicago, to New York, with a stint in Attica prison, across America, Europe and into the primal depths of Africa. Mason, all the while, tries to convince the reader that he is the important American writer he says he is. Upon his release from prison he sets out to prove his claim. After an audacious bank-robbery and a couple of burglaries that are hilarious, he goes into hiding to escape the malice of one of his cohorts; and eventually flees to Europe. The irony is that he is now as much the runner as the seeker. After encounters with a Zuni ex-folksinger, kidnappers, the New York underworld, literary groupies, an Italian swordsman, a violent German secret society, an anti-bellum cotillion in rural Greece, he finds himself face to face (behind a mask) with his own destiny. -- Publisher's website.
Painted Turtle : woman with guitar : a novel by Clarence Major ( Book )
9 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 453 libraries worldwide
Necessary distance : essays and criticism by Clarence Major ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 432 libraries worldwide
The author, a 1999 National Book Award finalist, presents a collection of critical essays, articles, and reviews.
Fun & games : short fictions by Clarence Major ( Book )
4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 409 libraries worldwide
Waiting for sweet Betty by Clarence Major ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 407 libraries worldwide
Reflex and bone structure by Clarence Major ( Book )
9 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and held by 396 libraries worldwide
Emergency exit by Clarence Major ( Book )
5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 328 libraries worldwide
A story of "people in a town in Connecticut that has just passed a law requiring all men to carry all women across all thresholds at all times."--Cover.
Myself painting : poems by Clarence Major ( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 274 libraries worldwide
In Myself Painting Clarence Major seeks to recreate for readers the inexpressible feeling that comes from creating art with poems that speak not of painting itself, but of its underlying process. Major incorporates the techniques of paintingparticularly that of Post-Expressionisminto his verse, describing scenery with an artist's eye and using form and color to evokes striking images.
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