O'Meally, Robert G. 1948-
Most widely held works by Robert G O'Meally
New essays on Invisible man ( Book )
9 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,187 libraries worldwide
Published less than fifty years ago, Ralph Ellison's Invisible man shares with older classic works the odd quality of seeming to have been in place much longer. It is a novel that encompasses much of the American scene and character: though told by a single Afro-American voice and set in the contemporary South and then in modern New York City, its references are to the First World War, to Reconstruction, to the Civil War and slavery, to the founding of the American republic, to Columbus, and to the country's frontier past. In his introduction to this volume Robert O'Meally discusses Ellison's fictional strategies for reaching a wide audience while remaining true to his own artistic vision and voice. Then each of five critical essays explores a different aspect of this capacious novel. One looks at the novel's protagonist as an embattled artist-in-training: another focuses on the novel's political and philosophical backgrounds; a third discusses the style and meaning of the nameless narrator's speeches; a fourth examines the novel's modernism in light of its references to jazz and anthropology: and the final essay considers Invisible man as a kind of war novel. Written in an accessible style, these essays represent the best of recent scholarship and provide students with a useful introduction to this major novel.
The craft of Ralph Ellison by Robert G O'Meally ( Book )
9 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 1,185 libraries worldwide
The jazz cadence of American culture ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 955 libraries worldwide
Living with music : Ralph Ellison's jazz writings by Ralph Ellison ( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 943 libraries worldwide
"Before Ralph Ellison became one of America's greatest writers, he was a musician and a student of jazz. The author of Invisible Man wrote widely and brilliantly on his favorite music for more than fifty years, immersing himself in the lives and works of America's musicians, some of whom were his close friends. Ellison is, in fact, perhaps the most important jazz analyst we have. In Living with Music, celebrated jazz authority Robert G. O'Meally has collected the very best of Ellison's writings on this subject - each selection vibrant, insightful, and bursting with Ellison's love of the music - in this unique and original anthology."--BOOK JACKET.
Lady Day : the many faces of Billie Holiday by Robert G O'Meally ( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 740 libraries worldwide
History and memory in African-American culture ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 713 libraries worldwide
As Nathan Huggins once stated, altering American history to account fully for the nation's black voices would change the tone and meaning - the frame and the substance - of the entire story. Rather than a sort of Pilgrim's Progress tale of bold ascent and triumph, American history with the black parts told in full would be transmuted into an existential tragedy, closer, Huggins said, to Sartre's No Exit than to the vision of life in Bunyan. The relation between memory and history has received increasing attention both from historians and from literary critics. In this volume, a group of leading scholars has come together to examine the role of historical consciousness and imagination in African-American culture. The result is a complex picture of the dynamic ways in which African-American historical identity constantly invents and transmits itself in literature, art, oral documents, and performances.
Uptown conversation : the new jazz studies ( Book )
7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 589 libraries worldwide
'Uptown Conversation' asserts that jazz is not only a music to define, it is a culture. The essays illustrate how for more than a century jazz has initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures, inspiring musicians, filmmakers, painters and poets.
Tales of the Congaree by Edward C. L Adams ( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 500 libraries worldwide
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 352 libraries worldwide
In the most seminal slave narrative ever written, Frederick Douglass writes, "From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace and in the darkest hours of my career in slavery, this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through the gloom." Reading this narrative is to witness the birth of new literary presence, one that counts W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Angela Davis, and Toni Morrison among its progeny.
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 250 libraries worldwide
Presents the adventures of a boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft. Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest creations of American fiction, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of those few books that are read over and over again, with ever increasing enjoyment.
Romare Bearden : a black odyssey by Robert G O'Meally ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 249 libraries worldwide
The jazz singers [a Smithsonian collection of jazz vocals from 1919-1994 ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
The Norton anthology of African American literature audio companion ( Recording )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 115 libraries worldwide
Living with music by Ralph Ellison ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
Lady Day the many faces of Billie Holiday ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
Most presentations feature Lady Day as the sad victim of hard times and drugs. Mining a treasure trove of new information, the producers set the record straight - and beautifully. In a voice that is Billie-like in its rasping wiseness and its ring, stage and screen star Ruby Dee reads from Holiday's autobiography, Lady sings the blues.
Billy Budd and the piazza tales by Herman Melville ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
A Christmas carol and other Christmas stories by Charles Dickens ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
The Norton anthology of African American literature/ [CD], Audio companion / ed. by Robert G. O'Meally ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
History and Memory in African-American Culture by Genevieve Fabre ( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
As Nathan Huggins once stated, altering American history to account fully for the nation's black voices would change the tone and meaning--the frame and the substance--of the entire story. Rather than a sort of Pilgrim's Progress tale of bold ascent and triumph, American history with the black parts told in full would be transmuted into an existential tragedy, closer, Huggins said, to Sartre's No Exit than to the vision of life in Bunyan. The relation between memory and history has received increasing attention both from historians and from literary critics. In this volume, a group of leading.
Beyond category the music of Duke Ellington ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Prepared for the Smithsonian exhibition, "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington" with excerpts from documentaries and concerts, this program presents a retrospective on Duke Ellington's career and musical iconology.
Abolitionists African American abolitionists African American arts African American men African Americans African Americans--Folklore African Americans--Historiography African American women American literature--African American authors Bearden, Romare,--1911-1988 Biographical films Biographical films Biography Blues (Music) Boys Boys--Travel Criticism, interpretation, etc. Douglass, Frederick,--1818-1895 Ellison, Ralph Executions and executioners Exhibition catalogs Feature films Fiction Finn, Huckleberry (Fictitious character) Fugitive slaves--Travel History Holiday, Billie,--1915-1959 Impressment Invisible man (Ellison, Ralph) Jazz Jazz singers Jazz vocals Literary collections Literature Mississippi River Missouri Music Nonfiction films Rap (Music) Sailors Ship captains Singers Slavery Slaves South Carolina South Carolina--Congaree Swamp Speeches, addresses, etc., American Spirituals (Songs) United States Work songs