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Johnson, Charles 1948-

Works: 151 works in 552 publications in 8 languages and 29,933 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Action and adventure fiction  Sea stories  Short stories  Sea fiction  Pictorial works  Biography‡vPictorial works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PS3560.O3735, 813.54
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Middle passage by Charles Johnson( Book )

68 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 3,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A freed slave escapes his bad debts in New Orleans by stowing away on a slave ship en route to Africa
Africans in America : America's journey through slavery by Charles Johnson( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of slavery is chronicled through the eyes of slaves, from their landing in Jamestown to the Civil War
Philosophy : an innovative introduction : fictive narrative, primary texts, and responsive writing by Michael Boylan( )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to philosophy that combines readings and exercises with fictive narratives starring traditional figures in the history of the field
King : the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Charles Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"King is the first true photobiography of a hero's journey. Never before has Martin Luther King's life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful array of photographic images combined with text by writer Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner, detail the pivotal events of King's public life - as well as life with his family - in a rich and stirring format. Johnson writes, "How soon we forget that King was not only a civil rights activist, but also this country's preeminent moral philosopher, a spiritual aspirant, a father and husband, and that these diverse roles - these multiple dimensions of his too brief life - were the foundations for his singular 'dream' that inspired millions worldwide." Here, then, we see Martin Luther King, Jr., in all his aspects: as husband and father, powerful preacher, courageous leader of the civil rights movement, martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally American icon."--Jacket
Dreamer : a novel by Charles Johnson( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the road with Martin Luther King, his wife and his two assistants. One is a look-alike decoy, a Korean War veteran who considers the pacifism of the civil rights movement naive. The novel describes harrowing scenes at the receiving end of hate. By the author of Middle Passage
Being & race : Black writing since 1970 by Charles Johnson( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Class of 1967 alumnus, Charles Johnson, examines contemporary African-American fiction
Oxherding tale by Charles Johnson( Book )

41 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrates an individual's desperate flight from slavery in the antebellum South in which bondage is spiritual as well as physical, sexual as well as racial
Faith and the good thing by Charles Johnson( Book )

24 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faith Cross, a beautiful and purely innocent young black woman, is told by her dying mother to go and get herself "a good thing." Thus begins an extraordinary pilgrim's progress that takes Faith from the magic and mysticism of the rural South to the promises and perils of modern-day Chicago. It is an odyssey that propels Faith from the degradation of prostitution, drugs, and drink into a faceless middle-class reality, and finally into a searing tragedy that ironically leads to the discovery of the real Good Thing. National Book Award-winner Charles Johnson's first novel, originally published in 1974, puts the life-affirming soul of the African-American experience at the summit of American storytelling
The sorcerer's apprentice by Charles Johnson( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evanston graduate, Johnson, interweaves the real and the surreal in these eight tales of transformations and metamorphoses
The way of the writer : reflections on the art and craft of storytelling by Charles Johnson( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice, and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer. What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant?"--Publisher information
Middle passage by Charles Johnson( )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave travels to New Orleans only to discover that nothing but misery awaits him in the big city. As he contemplates his life, he decides that the sea holds his interest and boards the first available ship that sets sail. Soon he learns that he has boarded a slave ship enrote to Africa to collect members of a legendary tribe. The voyage is harrowing, but seeing the captured men shackled and imprisoned drives him to insanity. What follows could cost him his life
Dr. King's refrigerator and other bedtime stories by Charles Johnson( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories that explore issues of identity and race
Soulcatcher and other stories by Charles Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nothing has had as profound an effect on American life as slavery. For blacks and whites alike, the experience has left us with a conflicted and contradictory history. Now, in fictional form, National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson presents twelve stories illuminating slavery's effects and experiences. From Martha Washington's management of her slaves following the death of her husband to a boy chained in the bowels of a ship laden with human cargo plying the infamous passage from Africa to the South; from a lynching in Indiana to a hunter of escaped slaves searching the Boston market for his quarry; from a Quaker meeting exploring resettlement in Africa to the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation - the voices, terrors, and savagery of slavery come unforgettably to life. These tales transcend history even as they present it, and retell the tragic proportions of a period with astounding realism, power, and emotion."--Jacket
Black men speaking( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Initially conceived as an exploration of "the plight of the black male in the United States," Black Men Speaking is that and more. It gives expression to a range of issues - cultural, economic, psychological, religious, and personal - as seen by a remarkable group of black men - novelists, a well-known artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a doctor, an editor, an academic, a famous musician, and a group of ordinary citizens from Harlem. Powerful voices give us powerful images and powerful messages
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. : his life and crusade in pictures by Charles Johnson( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explores his diverse roles as a minister, activist, family man, eloquent speaker, and advocate for peaceful change, in a volume that blends thoughtful text with photographs
The best American short stories, 1990 by Richard Ford( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the best American short stories for 1998
I call myself an artist : writings by and about Charles Johnson by Charles Johnson( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work reaches across the colour line to examine how race, gender, class and individual subjectivity shaped the lives of black and white women in the 19th- and 20th-century American South
Night hawks : stories by Charles Johnson( Book )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A masterful story collection--thirteen years in the making--from National Book Award winner Charles Johnson, showcasing the incredible range and resonant voice of this American treasure"--
Juneteenth : a novel by Ralph Ellison( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NATIONAL BESTSELLER "[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--Newsday From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man --the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. "Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master. From the Trade Paperback edition
Africans in America : America's journey through slavery( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. The first episode, Terrible transformation, examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generated profits that ensured the colonies' growth and survival. In the second episode, Revolution, while the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom even while the new nation's Constitution codifies slavery and oppression as a national way of life. In the third episode, Brotherly love, during the first 50 years of the new nation, freedmen and fugitive slaves in Philadelphia push the country to live up to the promises made in its Constitution. But with the invention of the cotton gin, slavery expands into America's western frontier, and a revolution in Haiti inspires slave rebellions throughout the souther United States. In the fourth and final episode, as the nation expands westward slavery becomes the most divisive issue in American life. Abolitionists struggle to bring the institution down and the nation is tested as never before. When tensions over slavery erupt into violence, Americans are forced to consider how long the country can continue as a democracy built on the profits of bondage
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Middle passage
Africans in America : America's journey through slaveryPhilosophy : an innovative introduction : fictive narrative, primary texts, and responsive writingKing : the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.Dreamer : a novelBeing & race : Black writing since 1970Oxherding taleFaith and the good thingThe sorcerer's apprentice
Alternative Names
Charles R. Johnson Amerikaans schrijver

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