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Reed, Ishmael 1938-

Works: 415 works in 1,287 publications in 8 languages and 40,568 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satire  Satirical literature  Political fiction  History  Poetry  Detective and mystery fiction  Historical fiction  Biographies  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Performer, Author of introduction, Contributor, wst, Lyricist, Commentator, Other, wpr, Interviewee, Creator, wat, Composer, Illustrator
Classifications: PS3568.E365, 813.54
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Mumbo jumbo by Ishmael Reed( Book )

97 editions published between 1972 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 2,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed's brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on our society. In it, Reed, one of our preeminent African-American authors, mixes portraits of historical figures and fictional characters with sound bites on subjects ranging from ragtime to Greek philosophy. Cited by literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred most significant books in the Western canon, Mumbo Jumbo is a trenchant and often biting look at black-white relations throughout history, from a keen observer of our culture
Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed( Book )

43 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 1,668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ishmael Reed has created a sharp, wildly funny slave's-eye view of the Civil War. Three slaves infected with Dysaethesia Aethipica (a term coined in the nineteenth century for the disease that makes Negroes run away) escape from Virginia. Not satisfied with leaving slavery halfway, one of the trio has vowed to go the whole distance to Canada; his master, Arthur Swille, determined to recover his property, pursues, hot on Raven Quickskill's trail. With myth-bending ingenuity, Reed merges history, fantasy, political reality, and high comedy as he parodies the fugitive slave narrative: the slave-poet Quickskill flees to Canada on a nonstop jumbo jet; Abe Lincoln waltzes through slave quarters to the tune of "Hello Dolly"; the plantation mistress lies in bed watching the Beecher Hour on TV. Flight to Canada's preposterous episodes leap out from the pages of history to reveal a keen sense of America past and present
Tell my horse : voodoo and life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

35 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,294 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
Yellow back radio broke-down by Ishmael Reed( Book )

57 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,237 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
From totems to hip-hop by Ishmael Reed( Book )

14 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,235 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
The free-lance pallbearers by Ishmael Reed( Book )

49 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in English and held by 1,132 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
The terrible twos by Ishmael Reed( Book )

42 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,057 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."
Reckless eyeballing by Ishmael Reed( Book )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hilarious look at the theatre scene in 1980s New York
MultiAmerica : essays on cultural wars and cultural peace by Ishmael Reed( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 897 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
Another day at the front : dispatches from the race war by Ishmael Reed( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 884 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
The terrible threes by Ishmael Reed( Book )

25 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 880 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."
Japanese by spring by Ishmael Reed( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Dutch and held by 877 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 )

10 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 810 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 787 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
New and collected poems by Ishmael Reed( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reed's poems are conjured from a mix of black speech and music, mythology, voodoo, and pop culture. Ribald, hyperbolic and highly satiric, they have continually lambasted the Judeo-Christian cultural heritage and sought spiritual and intellectual liberation in the black counter-tradition he calls neo-hoodoo. Reed's later collections are less overtly ideological, and alternate anger with an increased tolerance and recognition of ambiguity. ISBN 0-689-12003-6: $22.95
The Reed reader by Ishmael Reed( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 766 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
James Baldwin : the price of the ticket by Karen Thorsen( Visual )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film presents a look at the life and influence of author James Baldwin (1924-1987), at once a major twentieth century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy. Combining archival footage, home movies, television clips, and interviews with friends, family members, and colleagues, as well as readings from his works and scenes from his plays, this documentary captures the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man who was born Black, impoverished, gifted and gay. Born in Harlem, the eldest of nine children, Baldwin wrote his first play at age eight and went on to write such influential works as Go tell it on the mountain, Giovanni's room, Another country, and The fire next time. This documentary discusses his life in France and Turkey, his homosexuality and his return to the U.S. to participate in the Civil Rights Movement. This comprehensive biography concludes with his death from cancer in 1987 and his funeral at New York's St. John the Divine. Among those who reminisce about the author are Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, William Styron, and Baldwin's biographer David Leeming
Airing dirty laundry by Ishmael Reed( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 757 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
Going too far : essays about America's nervous breakdown by Ishmael Reed( )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author challenges the widespread opinion that racism is no longer a factor in American life. In some ways, he says, the United States still very much resembles the country of the 1850s: representations of blacks in popular culture are throwbacks to the days of minstrelsy, and politicians are raising stereotypes about blacks reminiscent of those that fugitive slaves found it necessary to combat: that they are lazy and dependent and need people to manage them
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From totems to hip-hop
Flight to CanadaTell my horse : voodoo and life in Haiti and JamaicaThe last days of Louisiana RedYellow back radio broke-downFrom totems to hip-hopThe free-lance pallbearersThe terrible twosReckless eyeballing
Alternative Names
Coleman, Emmett 1938-


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