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Wideman, John Edgar

Works: 222 works in 817 publications in 7 languages and 37,628 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Biographies  Historical fiction  History  Autobiographies  Thrillers (Fiction)  True crime stories  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3573.I26, 813.54
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Most widely held works about John Edgar Wideman
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Most widely held works by John Edgar Wideman
Philadelphia fire : a novel by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven people - five of them children - are killed in west Philadelphia when 6221 Osage Avenue is bombed out of existence. One small boy is seen to escape the fire. From his life of self-exile on an island in the Aegean, Cudjoe mourns the child until it becomes an obsession, leading him home, forcing him to face up to his own profound alienation and to the wrenching realities of his native land. He searches for the boy and, as he does so, he searches out his own past. Reconstructing his life plunges him backwards into memories both personal and communal, forwards inch by inch into a city fast becoming a nightmare
20 : the best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize by John Edgar Wideman( )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of American short stories by a variety of twentieth-century writers and winners of the Due Heinz Literature Prize
My soul has grown deep : classics of early African-American literature( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excerpts from the writings of African American authors Richard Allen, Phillis Wheatley, Jarena Lee, Olaudah Equiano, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Nat Love, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson and Paul Laurence Dunbar
The stories of John Edgar Wideman by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of short stories by the author covering the past ten years of his writing
Sent for you yesterday by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sent for You Yesterday is a novel by the American writer John Edgar Wideman, first published in 1983 (in New York by Avon Books, and subsequently in London by Allison and Busby, 1984), set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the 1970s. The novel tells the story of Albert Wilkes, who, after seven years on the run, returns to Homewood, an African-American neighborhood of the East End
Two cities by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the black ghetto in Pittsburgh featuring Kassima, a woman whose husband died of aids and whose two sons were killed in street-gang violence. Out of loneliness she takes in a man who is a photographer and the novel describes the relationship that develops
The cattle killing by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and French and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A surrealistic novel on the black experience. The action is in the form of vignettes and ranges from cattle killing by the Xhosa in Africa, believing this will drive the whites away, to a black bishop in Philadelphia taking his flock out of the white man's church
Fever : twelve stories by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories follows a young woman jogger into an erotic fantasy, recounts an English professor's attempt to deconstruct his life, and records a Black musician's remembrances of his grandmother
American histories : stories by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

8 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this singular collection, John Edgar Wideman, the acclaimed author of Writing to Save a Life, blends the personal, historical, and political to invent complex, charged stories about love, death, struggle, and what we owe each other. With characters ranging from everyday Americans to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Nat Turner, American Histories is a journey through time, experience, and the soul of our country. "JB & FD" reimagines conversations between John Brown, the antislavery crusader who famously raided Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist and orator, conversations that belie the myth of race and produce a fantastical, ethically rich correspondence that spans years and ideologies. "Maps and Ledgers" eavesdrops on a brother and sister today as they ponder their father's killing of another man. "Williamsburg Bridge" sits inside a man sitting on a bridge who contemplates his life before he decides to jump. "My Dead" is a story about how the already-departed demand more time, more space in the lives of those who survive them. Navigating an extraordinary range of subject and tone, Wideman challenges the boundaries of traditional forms, and delivers unforgettable, immersive narratives that touch the very core of what it means to be alive. An extended meditation on family, history, and loss, American Histories weaves together historical fact, philosophical wisdom, and deeply personal vignettes. More than the sum of its parts, this is Wideman at his best--emotionally precise and intellectually stimulating--an extraordinary collection by a master." -- Provided by publisher
Fanon by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and French and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wideman's fascinating new novel weaves together fiction, biography, and memoir to evoke the life and message of Frantz Fanon, the influential author of The Wretched of the Earth. A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Fanon was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression. Born of African descent in Martinique in 1927, Fanon fought to defend France during World War II and then later against France in Algeria's war for independence. The Wretched of the Earth, written in 1961, inspired leaders of liberation movements from Steve Biko in South Africa to Che Guevera to the Black Panthers in the United States
God's gym by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first story collection in more than a decade from the celebrated African-American author presents an array of jazzy tales dealing with topics such as relationships, turning points, strength, and faith
Reuben by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reuben is an aging, wizened, slightly humpbacked black man. He lives in an abandoned trailer so cluttered with the detritus of his sixty years that visitors can scarcely find him amid the litter. Yet Reuben is also intelligent-street smart and plain smart-kind, thoughtful and possessed of an extraordinarily sharp legal mind. As a lawyer, he is the go between for the poor black of Homewood who must deal with the authorities' downtown. (Taken from inside front jacket)
Damballah by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

27 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the experiences of a Black family from just after the Civil War to the radical sixties
Hiding place by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

24 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in English and French and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Tommy's attempt at burglary fails, he searches for a place to hide from the police and ends up in the house of a crazy old woman
The best American short stories 2016( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a Nigerian boy's friendship with his family's former houseboy to a sweatshop girl's experience as a sister wife, from love and murder on the frontier to a meltdown in academe, these stories have the economy and power to "break hearts bones vanities and cages
The best American short stories, 2004( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty American short stories originally published in magazines and periodicals issued between January 2003 and January 2004, selected for inclusion by guest editor Lorrie Moore
A glance away by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

22 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eddie Lawson returns to Pittsburgh, where his crippled mother's poisonous anger drives him to the streets. With his friend, Brother, Eddie is forced to confront his fears of Bum's Forest and the class alienation which controls his life
Behind the razor wire : portrait of a contemporary American prison system by Michael Jacobson-Hardy( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Behind the Razor Wire continues the tradition of documentary photography by reporting in words and photographs on the conditions in the American prison system. Jacobson-Hardy examines the physical and psychological environments of a range of contemporary correctional institutions and the lives they contain. The foreword by Angela Y. Davis and essays by John Edgar Wideman, Marc Mauer, and James Gilligan, M.D., make a searing indictment of America's criminal justice system, while offering a framework for understanding the photographs in their historical and cultural context. By recording the faces, the emotions, and the lives of those who live and work in the prison system, Jacobson-Hardy heightens public awareness and promotes dialogue on criminal justice policy." "Behind the Razor Wire creates a visual portrait of prisons and prisoners, and a compelling documentary of how prisoners see themselves and of how in turn they are seen by others."--Jacket
Fanon by John Edgar Wideman( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) fought to free Algeria from French rule and rallied against the oppressive grip of colonialism. In this fictionalized view of the revolutionary's life, an African-American writer travels the world to do research for a biography of Fanon. In a tale that is part love story, mystery, and biography, Fanon examines how a political radical's views apply in a post-9/11 world
The lynchers by John Edgar Wideman( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost 30 years before 9/11, John Edgar Wideman published his third novel, a revolutionary and controversial story about four African-American men who hatch a terrorist plot to shake a complacent America to its foundations. They see their plan to lynch a white cop as the ultimate symbolic act of protest in a racist, hypocritical society mired in fundamental inequalities that contradict its "Home of the Free" credo. Critic Saunders Redding raved, "It is all here...the history of Negro America raised to the grandeur of superb fiction, as Tolstoy did it for the history of the Russian people in the Napoleonic era in War and Peace. I think The Lynchers is far and away the truest, the most moving, and the most brilliantly crafted novel of Negro life in almost a quarter of a century--that is, since Ellison's Invisible Man, which in some ways it surpasses." --P.[4] cover
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Philadelphia fire : a novel
20 : the best of the Drue Heinz Literature PrizeMy soul has grown deep : classics of early African-American literatureSent for you yesterdayTwo citiesThe cattle killingFever : twelve storiesFanonGod's gym
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