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Kelley, William Melvin

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Garden City. 1967. Doubleday. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Pieces Missing. 21. 210 pages. hardcover. Jacket painting by Karen Gibson. keywords: November 1. inventory # 19692. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In DEM, William Kelley unconventionally and provocatively gives a black man’s view of the world inhabited by America’s white people - ‘dem.’ Tracing the crucial events during three years in the life of Mitchell and Tam Pierce, he begins with a visit to a business associate of Mitchell’s on the wrong Sunday – a day of gruesome madness that profoundly changes their lives. Later, when their Negro maid has an unexpected caller, Mitchell’s reaction triggers a strange development, and his brief affair with a soap opera heroine reveals how drastically his sense of reality is undermined. When Tam gives birth to fraternal twins, one white, one black, and Mitchell plunges the black world on a bizarre search for the black baby’s father, the consequences of blindness, of betrayal, of 350 years of inhumanity are devastatingly dramatized. Many white writers have written about black people. Black writers have tended to write novels of protest against whites. In DEM, William Melvin Kelley sets an original course as he depicts the self-deceptions, hostilities, fantasies, and dilemmas of white people caught in their own black and white trap. It is a startling, ironic picture that some will not readily accept, but it has a bitter meaning for blacks and whites alike which cannot be ignored. William Melvin Kelley was born in New York City and attended the Fieldston School and Harvard, where he studied under Archibald MacLeish and John Hawkes. He has taught at the New School and the State University in Geneseo, N. Y., and has had stories and articles published in a number of magazines. . Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Pieces Missing. Bookseller Inventory # 19692

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Title: dem
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 1967
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book Description Collier Books, 1969. hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good In Wrappers. New York. 1969. Collier Books. 2nd Collier Books Paperback Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 141 pages. 05243. paperback. William Melvin Kelley (born November 1, 1937) is a prominent African-American novelist and short-story writer. He is known for the novel A Different Drummer. He has won, among other things, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2008 for Lifetime Achievement. Kelley has been a writer in residence at the State University of New York at Geneseo and has taught at the New School for Social Research. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Kelley was born in New York City and was educated at the Fieldston School in New York and later attended Harvard University (class of 1960), where he won the Dana Reed Prize for creative writing. According to Robert E. Fleming, From the beginning of his career in 1962, William Melvin Kelley has employed his distinctive form of Black comedy to examine the absurdities surrounding American racial attitudes. Jacket art by L & D Dillon. keywords: 42121. inventory # 38202. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘LEMME TELLYA HOW DEM FOLKS LIVE. .’ dem is white folks. And how they really live is the focus of black novelist William Melvin Kelley’s jolting put-on of Whitey and his ways. Mrs. Mitchell Pierce, bored with her philandering husband, takes a black lover. When she bears twins, one black, one white, the outraged Pierce takes off for Harlem to track down his ‘co-genitor’ and rack up a little white justice. The result is not only ‘one of the outstanding comic novels of the decade’ (The Boston Globe), but also ‘a frightening story of white Americans utterly controlled and deluded by fantasies — and Negroes quietly watching, laughing, and hating’ (Choice). Bookseller Inventory # 38202

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