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Johnson, Charles 1948-

Works: 131 works in 384 publications in 2 languages and 27,909 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sea stories  Pictorial works  Historical fiction  Biography‡vPictorial works  Interviews  Reviews  Textbooks 
Roles: Author of introduction, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PS3555.L625, 813.54
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Middle passage by Charles Johnson ( Book )
38 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 3,282 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 2,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The history of slavery is chronicled through the eyes of slaves, from their landing in Jamestown to the Civil War
Dreamer : a novel by Charles Johnson ( Book )
17 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,360 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
Invisible man by Ralph Ellison ( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the course of his wanderings from a Southern Negro college to New York's Harlem, an American black man becomes involved in a series of adventures. Introduction explains circumstances under which the book was written. Ellison won the National Book Award for this searing record of a black man's journey through contemporary America. Unquestionably, Ellison's book is a work of extraordinary intensity--powerfully imagined and written with a savage, wryly humorous gusto
King : the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Charles Johnson ( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 1,306 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."--BOOK JACKET
Being & race : Black writing since 1970 by Charles Johnson ( Book )
15 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philosophy an innovative introduction : fictive narrative, primary texts, and responsive writing by Michael Boylan ( )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,131 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
Oxherding tale by Charles Johnson ( Book )
27 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 1,043 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 )
16 editions published between 1974 and 2001 in English and held by 931 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
Middle passage by Charles Johnson ( )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 774 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
The sorcerer's apprentice by Charles Johnson ( Book )
19 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interweaving the real and the surreal, Charles Johnson spins eight fantastic tales of transformations and metamorphoses. An Illinois farmer teaches a young slave everything he knows yielding fatal consequences. A young boy growing to manhood as a country sorcerer's apprentice learns the difference between power and strength. These stories capture human experiences in a new and startling light
On writers and writing by John Gardner ( Book )
3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"All my life," John Gardner wrote, weeks before his death in a motorcycle accident, "I've lived flat-out. As a motorcycle racer, chemist, writer ... I was never cautious." This goes for John Gardner the critic as well, and that is nowhere more evident than in the pieces collected in this book. On Writers and Writing brings together, for the first time, John Gardner's essays and reviews on his fellow writers and reaffirms his status as one of the most intelligent, generous, and insightful critics of his generation. In piece after piece we see Gardner, the consummate teacher and critic, separating novelistic wheat from chaff, genuine fiction from fakery, examining the work of writers he admires - Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, John Cheever, Larry Woiwode, and Joyce Carol Oates - as he would an assignment by one of his students. "Often," Charles Johnson says in his introduction, "the effect is shocking - he said that about John Updike? - but it is a testament to Gardner's professionalism that publicity and public acclaim never blinded him to the basic question every reviewer and critic must ask: What exactly do we have here?" That deceptively simple question is asked insistently throughout many of the pieces collected here, so that the reader too sees the craft and skill of some of America's greatest writers at work. In other essays, Gardner turns his extraordinary intelligence to subjects ranging from fairy tales and religion to King Arthur and Walt Disney. Chock full of insights and opinions, making it essential reading for anyone interested in American literature, On Writers and Writing is also an invaluable contribution to our understanding of John Gardner
Dr. King's refrigerator and other bedtime stories by Charles Johnson ( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of stories that explore issues of identity and race
Mine eyes have seen : bearing witness to the struggle for Civil Rights by Bob Adelman ( Book )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A visual tribute to the civil rights movement and the battle for racial equality captures the leaders and events of the era, with portraits of Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other activists who took part in the struggle
Soulcatcher and other stories by Charles Johnson ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 535 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 )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 523 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 )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 454 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
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 390 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
Juneteenth : a novel by Ralph Ellison ( Book )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 312 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 by Steve Fayer ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 302 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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