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By John A. Williams,Lori Williams,Gilbert H Muller

Chester Himes and John A. Williams met in 1961, as Himes was once at the cusp of transcontinental big name and Williams, 16 years his junior, used to be simply starting his writing profession. either males might cross directly to obtain overseas approval for their paintings, together with Himes’s Harlem detective novels that includes Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson and Williams’s significant novels the guy Who Cried i'm, Captain Blackman, and Clifford’s Blues. pricey Chester, pricey John is a landmark choice of correspondence among those buddies, proposing approximately 3 a long time worthy of letters approximately their lives and loves, their specialist and private demanding situations, and their reflections on society within the usa and abroad.

Prepared via John A. Williams and his spouse, Lori, this assortment includes infrequent and private glimpses into the lives of Williams and Himes among 1962 and 1987. because the writers locate expanding specialist luck and popularity, they proportion candid checks of every others’ paintings and in addition talk about the various pitfalls they confronted as African American writers within the publishing global. The letters provide a window into Himes’s and Williams’s personalities, because the elder author unearths his notoriously tough and suspicious streak, and Williams betrays either colossal affection and frustration in facing his previous pal. regardless of numerous rifts of their courting, Williams’s hindrance for Himes’s failing future health ensured that the 2 saved in contact until eventually Himes’s death.

Dear Chester, pricey John is a heartfelt and informative assortment that permits readers to step behind the curtain of a lifelong friendship among very important literary figures. scholars and lecturers of African American literature will take pleasure in this specific volume.

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