The Collected Novels of Charles Wright: The Messenger, the Wig, and Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed about

Charles Wright (Author) Ishmael Reed (Introduction by)

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$17.99  $16.55
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
August 27, 2019
6.4 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Wright is the United States Poet Laureate. His poetry collections include Country Music, Black Zodiac, Chickamauga, Bye-and-Bye: Selected Later Poems, Sestets, and Caribou. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. Born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee in 1935, he currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books--including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or "Neo-Hoodooism" as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.


"Wright [writes] with a sense of style and intensity of vision. . .he never stopped taking it all down, turning it into art, and being true to his calling."--BookForum
"These books show that we still have more to learn about the emotional and stylistic breadth of black writing from this era."--Slate