Speaker - Ishmael Reed

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Ishmael Reed is one of today's pre-eminent African American literary figures--perhaps the most widely reviewed since Ralph Ellison, and, along with Samuel Delany and Amiri Baraka, probably the most controversial.

Ishmael Reed began writing his own jazz column for Empire State, a weekly African American newspaper in Buffalo, NY.

Since the publication of his first novel, The Free-Lance Pallbearers, in 1967, Reed has thus far produced seven novels, four books of poetry, two collections of essays, numerous reviews and critical articles, and has edited two major anthologies. Reed's literary style is best known for its use of parody and satire in attempts to create new myths and to challenge the formal conventions of literary tradition.

Reed's works have alternately been criticized as incoherent, muddled, and abstruse, and hailed as multicultural, revolutionary, vivid, and containing a deep awareness of mythic archetypes.

2 Programs

The New West with Will Hearst: Ishmael Reed

02.19.15 | 00:15:00 min | 0 comments

Cave Canem: Influences in Black Literature

10.01.08 | 01:44:10 min | 0 comments