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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF CHESTER HIMES.

Himes, Chester.

ISBN 10: 1560250216 / ISBN 13: 9781560250210
Published by THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS. NY 1991, 1991
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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First American Edition. UNCORRECTED PROOF. Near fine in plain brown printed wrappers. (Light bumping at upper righthand corner of front cover & adjoining text. Faint trace of soiling on front cover) (B). Bookseller Inventory # 1492

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Title: THE COLLECTED STORIES OF CHESTER HIMES.

Publisher: THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS. NY 1991

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Presents stories written over more than forty years, including some previously unpublished, depicting the struggles of Blacks in American society

From Publishers Weekly:

Racism, poverty and bad luck are the main players in this volume of 60 stories; when a character gets a hold of $10, it's likely to end in disaster and a $20 debt. Himes, who died in 1984, reveals the underbelly of the Afro-American experience (he began to write while in prison for a jewel theft). In the space of two bleak pages, a black man has his feet burned by a white mob, then amputated by a doctor; when the amputee doesn't rise for the National Anthem, he is struck by a white man. Yet Himes counters the carnage with a dry humor and humanity. In "Pork Chop Paradise" an ex-con preacher achieves an apotheosis in the eyes of his flock when he appears to "turn de cobblestones tuh po'k chops." It is, not incidentally, a woman who brings him down. In Himes's stories women frequently--through treachery or love, which in turn inspires crime--cause the ruin of their men. Though Himes ( The Third Generation ) sometimes sketches symbolic fables, more often he's as gritty as a police blotter photo. These stories, written between 1933 and 1979, survive as history, as powerful fiction and, unfortunately, as commentary on the current situation of the Afro-American.
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