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Reed, Ishmael 1938-

Works: 356 works in 1,136 publications in 7 languages and 39,057 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satire  Political fiction  Satirical literature  History  Poetry  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Literature  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Performer, Author of introduction, Lyricist, Commentator, Interviewee, Other, Composer, Illustrator
Classifications: PS3568.E365, 813.54
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Mumbo jumbo by Ishmael Reed( Book )

85 editions published between 1972 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed's brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on out society." -- back cover
Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed( Book )

35 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 1,656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ishmael Reed's parody of slave narratives-the classical literature of the African American tradition-which redefined the neo-slave genre and launched a lucrative academic industrySome parodies are as necessary as the books they answer. Such is the case with Flight to Canada, Ishmael Reed's scathing, offbeat response to conventional anti-slavery novels such as Uncle Tom's Cabin. Though Flight to Canada has been classified by some as a "post race" novel, the villains and the heroes are clear. Three slaves are on the run from the Swille plantation. Among them, the most hotly pursued is Raven Quickskill, a poet who seeks freedom in Canada, and ultimately hopes to return and liberate others. But this particular Civil War-era landscape is littered with modern elements, from Xerox copiers to airplanes, and freely reimagines historic figures as sacred as Abraham Lincoln. A comedy flashing with insight, Flight to Canada poses serious questions about history and the complex ways that race relations in America are shaped by the past.    This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ishmael Reed including rare images of the author
The last days of Louisiana Red by Ishmael Reed( Book )

30 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satiric look at 1960s politics, The Last Days of Louisiana Red follows investigator Papa LaBas as he tries to figure out who murdered Ed Yellings, the proprietor of the Solid Gumbo Works. In the story, LaBas finds himself fighting the rising tide of violence propagated by Louisiana Red and the militant opportunists, the Moochers. Eventually, LaBas learns that the murder has been a conspiracy to dethrone the Gumbo business because Ed was trying to create medicine that would stop heroin addiction
From totems to hip-hop by Ishmael Reed( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,260 WorldCat member 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
Yellow back radio broke-down by Ishmael Reed( Book )

54 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,203 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
The free-lance pallbearers by Ishmael Reed( Book )

50 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in English and held by 1,185 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
The terrible twos by Ishmael Reed( Book )

40 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,095 WorldCat member 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."
Juice! : a novel by Ishmael Reed( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cartoonist who struggles with censorship and being diagnosed with diabetes--brought on by consuming too much junk food while sitting in front of the television--becomes fixated on the media coverage of the infamous trial of O.J. Simpson, its aftermath, and the impact it had on racism in American culture and politics
Tell my horse : voodoo and life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author recounts her experiences as an initiate into the voodoo practices of Haiti and Jamaica in the 1930s
The plays by Ishmael Reed( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ishmael Reed's career as one of our great playwrights has long been eclipsed by his other work. Here published for the first time, Reed's plays follow the ancient tradition of using the theater as a forum in which the official versions of our history can be critiqued. Dealing with subjects that mainstream theatergoers might find disturbing--homelessness, the arbitrary entrapment of a black politician, the excesses of the radical feminist movement, the use of black conservatives to promote right-wing agendas, the exploitation of blacks and Africans as unsuspecting guinea pigs by the pharmaceutical industry, and the hypocrisy of the Christian church--Reed's plays are a pungent antidote to the watered-down world of contemporary pop culture, where, Reed argues, minority voices remain as marginalized and stigmatized as they were a hundred years ago.--From publisher description
Reckless eyeballing by Ishmael Reed( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hilarious look at the theatre scene in 1980s New York
The terrible threes by Ishmael Reed( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 935 WorldCat member 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."
Another day at the front : dispatches from the race war by Ishmael Reed( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays by the prominent author and activist criticizes the perpetuators of what he identifies as America's war on the black population, citing historical and ongoing conflicts, while noting areas of responsibility in governmental, media, and public arenas
MultiAmerica : essays on cultural wars and cultural peace by Ishmael Reed( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 893 WorldCat member 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 )

21 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Dutch and held by 883 WorldCat member 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
Conjure; selected poems, 1963-1970 by Ishmael Reed( Book )

12 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New and collected poems, 1964-2006 by Ishmael Reed( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the founding fathers of multicultural studies, Ishmael Reed first came to the attention of the literary world as a poet. Despite success as a novelist, playwright, essayist, and recording artist, he has never ceased to write poetry, delving into waters spiritual and political with his own unexpected and uniquely powerful voice. New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006 captures four decades of Reed's inimitable vision, an ongoing journey from New York and Chattanooga to Africa, Oakland, and Japan." "New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006 also includes Reed's libretto, Gethsemane Park (a contemporary Yoruban interpretation of the New Testament), and his translation of an excerpt of Fungawa's Igbo Olodumare (The Forest of God), as well as several lyrics which have been recorded by artists ranging from Taj Majal to Bobby Womack and Little Jimmy Scott." "In this volume, one of America's most esteemed and intrepid poets, whose "Beware Do Not Read This Poem" has been cited by Gale Research as one of about twenty poems most frequently studied in literature courses, shows why he has helped expand our cultural forefront from the 1960s to today."--Jacket
The Reed reader by Ishmael Reed( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member 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
Airing dirty laundry by Ishmael Reed( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 765 WorldCat member 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
New and collected poems by Ishmael Reed( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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From totems to hip-hop
Flight to CanadaThe last days of Louisiana RedFrom totems to hip-hopYellow back radio broke-downThe free-lance pallbearersThe terrible twosJuice! : a novelTell my horse : voodoo and life in Haiti and Jamaica
Alternative Names
Coleman, Emmett 1938-


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English (522)

Spanish (13)

Italian (7)

Dutch (6)

German (4)

French (4)

Japanese (4)