Lover man.

by Anderson, Alston,

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Summary
Stories of loners, outsiders, tricksters, addicts, jazzmen, and drifters in the Jim Crow South--a classic of 1950s Black fiction.

Raw, fearless, ironic, the stories in Lover Man (1958) promised the birth of a new sensibility in American fiction. Inspired by the bebop he loved, and the philosophy he studied at the Sorbonne, Alston Anderson looked back at the North Carolina of his youth to capture the hidden lives of Black boys and men in the early 1940s. Fascinated by loners and outsiders--tricksters, addicts, jazzmen, drifters, "queers"--and by the spiritual cost exacted by the myths of white supremacy, Anderson assembled an original kind of story collection, whose themes troubled and bewildered many of his early readers. Although later championed by Langston Hughes and Henry Louis Gates. Jr., among others, this--his only collection--has remained out of print since the '50s.

In his afterword to this new edition, the literary historian Kinohi Nishikawa investigates Anderson's brief but brilliant career, the controversy his work provoked, and the light it sheds on his era.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Anderson (1924--2008) published this remarkable collection in 1959, before his novel All God's Children, and it shines as a gem of Americana. Mostly concerning the Jessup family, these stories span the early decades of the 20th century and address with nuance the Black characters' negotiations with youthful turmoil, sexual desire, and race in the U.S. In "Schooldays in North Carolina," preacher's son Aaron Jessup falls in love with school beauty Del Adams. However, their chemistry fizzles abruptly at the end of their courtship. In "The Checker Board," Aaron hears his mother say, "If I could do it all over again, I'd marry a white man." In "Comrade," a Black soldier befriends the dog of a German civilian during WWII. Though these entries deal with heavy topics that range from racial alienation to drug addiction and war, there is a light, slice-of-life quality to them, whether in a game of checkers between father and son or as kids wait by the radio to listen to Glenn Miller. Anderson's feat is in finding the poetry of everyday moments among marginalized people. This deserves a place on the shelf of mid-century classics. (Feb.)"
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Subjects ordreq 11/21/2022 xa
Publisher McNally Editions,2023
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781946022547
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