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Major, Clarence

Overview
Works: 112 works in 364 publications in 1 language and 21,091 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Dictionaries  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Experimental fiction  Reference works  Domestic fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3563.A39, 813.54
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Calling the wind : twentieth century African-American short stories( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 1,343 WorldCat member 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 by Clarence Major( Book )

16 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juba to Jive is the only up-to-date record of this rich, ever-evolving language born in the African-American community and permeating every aspect of our culture
The new Black poetry by Clarence Major( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The garden thrives : twentieth-century African-American poetry by Clarence Major( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member 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."
Dictionary of Afro-American slang by Clarence Major( Book )

37 editions published between 1970 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The speech habits of the most oppressed --and the largest-- segment of the black population in the United States did not spring solely from an inability to handle acceptable forms of spoken English, nor mainly from the limitations caused by the particular stock of words known to the speaker. Black slang stems from a somewhat disseminated rejection of the life-styles, social patterns, and thinking in general of the Euro-American sensibility. The rejection is necessarily diffused because it is impossible for any combination of ethnic groups to endure the kind of close sociocultural contact--despite the well-known inequity--endured by black and white in North America without showing the effects of the usual exchange and conflict. American slang in general is largely black American slang in origin. This is a book of the words and phrases used by black people irrespective of their origin, however. This so-called private vocabulary of black people serves the users as a powerful medium of self-defense against a world demanding participation while at the same time laying a boobytrap-network of rejection and exploitation. It is a language unconsciously designed to pave a way toward positive self-images. Afro-American slang is created out of the will to survive on black terms. (Author/JM)
The dark and feeling : black American writers and their work by Clarence Major( Book )

6 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All-night visitors by Clarence Major( Book )

17 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member 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
Such was the season : a novel by Clarence Major( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member 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
Swallow the lake by Clarence Major( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My amputations : a novel by Clarence Major( Book )

16 editions published between 1753 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 494 WorldCat member 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
Configurations : new and selected poems, 1958-1998 by Clarence Major( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dirty bird blues : a novel by Clarence Major( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 467 WorldCat member 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
Painted Turtle : woman with guitar : a novel by Clarence Major( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year This novel, narrated by Baldy, a Navajo/Hopi guitar player, tells the story of Zuni folk singer Painted Turtle, from her childhood experiences on the reservation to her performances in cantinas in the Southwest. First published in 1988 and long out of print, this work from Clarence Major follows Painted Turtle as she seeks to assuage the spiritual sicknesses that have shaped her uneasy relationships with family, friends, and her tribe
Reflex and bone structure by Clarence Major( Book )

12 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Necessary distance : essays and criticism by Clarence Major( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member 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 )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waiting for sweet Betty by Clarence Major( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An accomplished painter as well as a singularly gifted poet, Clarence Major has said that he writes what he cannot paint. With a painter's eye and an ear for the nuances of daily speech, his new poems explore subtle exchanges, juxtaposing one shifting perspective with another. Major's poems look deeply into the very process of making art, into the imagination and the heart of its creation, and in Waiting for Sweet Betty they reveal a celebrated poet writing at the height of his powers."--Jacket
Surfaces and masks : a poem by Clarence Major( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myself painting : poems by Clarence Major( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Myself Painting Clarence Major seeks to re-create 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 painting - particularly that of Post-Expressionism - into his verse, describing scenery with an artist's eye and using form and color to evoke striking images. A master of highly structured free verse, Major also paints sounds, enthralling the reader in a realm of private symbols and dream visions. Using dynamic, surreal images, this original collection invites readers into the poet's own fascinating world."--Jacket
From now on : new and selected poems, 1970-2015 by Clarence Major( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarence Major's poems celebrate being human. Almost always visual in terms of focus, Major's poems are colorful and reflexive. His rich poems explore the joys and travails of life in new and exciting ways. From Now On is a retrospective of poems written during the 1950s to the present, including selections from each of Major's previous books. This collection maintains Major's intimate, conversational poetry while simultaneously becoming more eclectic, multicultural, and cosmopolitan. Major's poetry connects us with history, art, love, and social change through a dynamic exploration of universal subjects and themes. -- from back cover
 
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Calling the wind : twentieth century African-American short stories
Alternative Names
Clarence Major Amerikaans romanschrijver

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Languages
English (243)

Covers
Juba to jive : a dictionary of African-American slangThe garden thrives : twentieth-century African-American poetryDictionary of Afro-American slangAll-night visitorsSuch was the season : a novelMy amputations : a novelConfigurations : new and selected poems, 1958-1998Dirty bird blues : a novel