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This uproariously funny satire about relations between African Americans and Jews is as fresh and outrageous today as when it was first published in 1974.
Born to a Jewish father and black mother who divorce before she is two, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her maternal grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical troupe. Soon after puberty, Oreo heads for New York with a pack on her back to search for her father; but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes in the phone book, and Oreo's mission turns into a wickedly humorous picaresque quest. The ambitious and playful narrative challenges accepted notions of race, ethnicity, culture, and even the novelistic form itself.
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Born of a Jewish father and black mother, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical group. Soon after puberty Oreo heads for New York to search for her father, but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes.About the Author:
Fran Ross (1935-1985) grew up in Philadelphia and lived in New York City. After graduating from Temple University with a B.S. degree in Theater Arts and Communication, she worked in advertising, penned television scripts, and wrote for comedian Richard Pryor. Harryette Mullen is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. Richard Yarborough, editor of the Northeastern Library of Black Literature, is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Book Description Greyfalcon House 1974-01-01, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. 1st. 0914870009 Ex-library book with usual markings. Clean text. SATISF GNTD + SHIPS W/IN 24 HRS. Sorry, no APO deliveries. Ships in a padded envelope with free tracking. T28F. Seller Inventory # 800180233
Book Description Greyfalcon House. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0914870009 Ex-library book with usual markings. Good Condition. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Seller Inventory # Z0914870009Z3
Book Description Greyfalcon House, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: DJ. First Edition. 0914870009 Publisher: Greyfalcon Press, NY., 1974. First Edition, First Printing. FINE hardcover book in FINE- dust-jacket. Price-clipped, otherwise, "pristine". Not remainder marked. Not a book club edition. Not an ex-library copy. All of our books with dust-jackets are shipped in fresh, archival-safe mylar protective sleeves. Seller Inventory # SKU1022807
Book Description Greyfalcon House, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0914870009
Book Description Greyfalcon House. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Greyfalcon House, 1974. First edition, first printing. SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the first free end page: "To Whoopi Goldberg - Damn! Oreo come to life! Best, Fran Ross" Ross used liquid paper to correct the spelling at the end of the name Whoopi and went over several letters in ballpoint pen to make them clearly legible. Whoopi Golberg (born Caryn Johnson) had begun using her stage name in the mid-70s, around the same time as the publication of Ross's only book and, similar to the book's protagonist, was raised by a single black mother, having been abadoned by her father, and had Jewish ancestry. Goldberg was a developing comedian in California in the 70s and an avowed fan of Richard Pryor, for whom Ross was a writer. A scarce signature and an extraordinary association copy between one of the most successful comic actresses of the past forty years and an until-recently obscure, largely forgotten writer, whose brilliant sole novel has recently been widely celebrated as "criminally overlooked" (Kirkus Reviews). The book is sharp, clean, and bright. A Near Fine copy, showing only a few spots of stain on the page edges. The dust jacket shows a two-inch tear on the rear panel with some associated creases and short, closed tears on the front and rear panels. Faint tan to the dust jacket spine and some spots of rubbing, most noticable at the top of the front panel and in the letter "R" of the spine. Dust jacket retains its $6.95 price. Now protected in a mylar cover. signed and inscribed by author. Seller Inventory # 1209059820