Reed, Ishmael 1938-
Most widely held works about Ishmael Reed
Most widely held works by Ishmael Reed
Mumbo jumbo by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
58 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,849 libraries worldwide
A strange psychic epidemic called "Jes Grew" is spreading through the country, affecting millions. People start doing stupid sensual things with abandon, and civilization itself is threatened. PaPa LaBas, a HooDoo detective, is trying to find out the origins of the Jes Grew--not because he wants to cure it, but because he's ready for a new kind of society.
Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
56 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,314 libraries worldwide
Author Ishmael Reed reads from his novel entitled Flight to Canada, providing explanatory information as he reads. He also briefly discusses his work, particularly his new novels, his book of essays, and his soap opera.
From totems to hip-hop ( Book )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,265 libraries worldwide
Publisher's description: Celebrated novelist, poet, and MacArthur fellow Ishmael Reed pushes the boundaries once again in the publication of From Totems to Hip Hop-a truly all-inclusive multicultural anthology-a literary event which will finally even the playing field. This important collection synthesizes and presents broad swaths of work from poets of all races and backgrounds, as only Reed can, ranging from Gertrude Stein to Ai, from Bessie Smith to Askia Toure, from W.C. Handy to the little-known poetry of Ernest Hemingway. Through his unique position in American letters, as writer, teacher, and even publisher, Reed has an unparalleled working knowledge of many of the more marginalized voices in American poetry. This collection will reflect that unique access by including acknowledged masters as well as lesser known talents in greater variety than any previous anthology. From Totems to Hip Hop will cover American poetry from its pre-Columbian origins to the hip hop lyricists of today and, with the guidance of Reed's thoughtful and provocative introduction and headnotes, trace the remarkably rich cross-pollination which has continually occurred across racial and cultural lines.
The last days of Louisiana Red by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
18 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in English and Dutch and held by 1,169 libraries worldwide
"When Papa LaBas (private eye, noonday HooDoo, and hero of Reed's Mumbo Jumbo) comes to Berkeley, California, to investigate the mysterious death of Ed Yellings, owner of the Solid Gumbo Works, he finds himself fighting the rising tide of violence propagated by Louisiana Red and those militant opportunists, the Moochers. A HooDoo detective story and a comprehensive satire on the explosive politics of the '60s, The Last Days of Louisiana Red exposes the hypocrisy of contemporary American culture and race politics."--BOOK JACKET.
Yellow back radio broke-down by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
28 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,018 libraries worldwide
""Folks, this here is the story of the Loop Garoo Kid. A cowboy so bad he made a working posse of spells phone in sick. A bullwhacker so unfeeling he left the print of winged mice on hides of crawling women. A desperado so onery he made the Pope cry and the most powerful of cattlemen shed his head to the Executioner's swine." And so begins the HooDoo Western by Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo and one of America's most innovative and celebrated writers. Reed demolishes white American history and folklore as well as Christian myth in this masterful satire of contemporary American life. In addition to the black, satanic Loop Garoo Kid, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down features Drag Gibson (a rich, slovenly cattleman), Mustache Sal (his nymphomaniac mail-order bride), Thomas Jefferson and many others in a hilarious parody of the old Western."--BOOK JACKET.
Reckless eyeballing by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 964 libraries worldwide
A hilarious look at the theatre scene in 1980s New York.
Shrovetide in old New Orleans by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
16 editions published between 1978 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 935 libraries worldwide
MultiAmerica : essays on cultural wars and cultural peace ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 935 libraries worldwide
A collection representing "the authentic voice of the new Rainbow America," including African American, Native American, Asian American and Euro-ethnic.
Japanese by spring by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
16 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 931 libraries worldwide
Since the publication of his first novel, The Free-Lance Pallbearers, and through works such as Mumbo Jumbo and The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Ishmael Reed has forged a reputation as "the brightest contributor to American satire since Mark Twain" (The Nation). In his boisterous and irreverent new novel, Japanese by Spring, Reed turns the full force of his satiric wit on the American university. Benjamin "Chappie" Puttbutt, a black junior professor at overwhelmingly white Jack London College, lusts after tenure and its glorious perks, which include a house in the Oakland Hills. Puttbutt spends most of his time trying to divine the ideological climate at the school and obligingly adapting his beliefs to it. He's a dismal failure, though, and is due to be replaced by a snappy radical feminist poet from back East (who collects causes like alley cats, and whose demands include a police escort and a chauffeured limousine). But then Puttbutt's serene yet mysterious tutor, Dr. Yamato, who promises to teach him Japanese by spring, suddenly becomes the school's new president when the Japanese buy Jack London College. Puttbutt finds himself the boss of his once supercilious department and, drunk with power, sets out to stir things up and settle old scores. More twists of fate await him, and before long he is unwit tingly embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Japanese emperor. Racial strife, Japanophobia and political correctness get a radically comic treatment in this satiric romp through academic life, making Japanese by Spring one of Reed's most topical and wittiest novels yet.
The terrible twos by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
22 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 928 libraries worldwide
"Mankind's fate rests upon St. Nicholas and a Risto-rasta dwarf named Black Peter, who together wreak mischievous havoc on WaLL Street and the Oval Office."
The free-lance pallbearers by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
29 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in English and held by 890 libraries worldwide
"Ishmael Reed's first novel zooms readers off to the crazy, ominous kingdom of Harry Sam - a miserable and dangerous place ruled for thirty years by Harry Sam, a former used car salesman who wields his power from his bathroom throne. In a land of a thousand contradictions peopled by cops and beatniks, black nationalists and white liberals, the crusading Bukka Doopeyduk leads a rebellion against the corrupt Sam in a wildly uproarious and scathing satire."--BOOK JACKET.
The terrible threes by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
14 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 850 libraries worldwide
"The White House is implicated in a plot to rid America of its surplus people and the Third World of its nuclear weapons."
Conjure; selected poems, 1963-1970 by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
7 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 809 libraries worldwide
An introduction to Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya audio guide by Dan Stone ( Recording )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 793 libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Rudolfo Anaya's novel about a young boy in New Mexico in the 1940s who must reconcile the many conflicting influences of his family, religion, and community.
Writin' is fightin' : thirty-seven years of boxing on paper by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
9 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 789 libraries worldwide
Airing dirty laundry by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 789 libraries worldwide
A collection of essays in which Reed confirms his status as an "Establishment" agitator, an undying advocate of multiculturalism, and a supportive and nurturing presence in a variety of artistic endeavors from writing to rap.
Another day at the front : dispatches from the race war by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
8 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 770 libraries worldwide
An irreverent, brilliant, politically charged barrage of essays aimed with Reed's famous vitriol and wit at the perpetrators of America's war on blacks
New and collected poems by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
8 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 740 libraries worldwide
The Reed reader by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 735 libraries worldwide
A generous sampling of the brilliant and witty satire, the politically charged, wildly imaginative storytelling, and caustic cultural criticism that have become Reed's trademarks.
New and collected poems, 1964-2006 by Ishmael Reed ( Book )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 714 libraries worldwide
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