Divine Days

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About the Author
LEON FORREST (1937-1997) was born in Chicago and taught at Northwestern University for more than two decades. His first novel, There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden, included an introduction by Ralph Ellison and was edited by Toni Morrison, who also worked with Forrest on two subsequent novels, The Bloodworth Orphans and Two Wings to Veil My Face. Originally published in 1992, Forrest's masterpiece, DivineDays, was inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses and hailed as "boldly musical" by the New York Times and "dazzling" by Publishers Weekly. Meteor in the Madhouse, a series of connected novellas narrated by Joubert Jones, was published posthumously by TriQuarterly Books in 2011, and Forrest was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2013. His papers are held at the McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives at Northwestern University.

KENNETH W. WARREN is the University of Chicago Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor. He is the author of What Was African American Literature?, So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism, and Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism.

ZACHARY PRICE is the grandson of Leon Forrest.
"The War and Peace of African American literature." --Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"Life has no more astute observer than Leon Forrest." --Toni Morrison

"The War and Peace of African American literature." --Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"Writers such as Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison have known about Leon Forrest for years, and one hopes 'Divine Days' finally will establish him in the minds of the people he has been chronicling for almost a generation." --Chicago Tribune (1992)

"With enormous energy and an uncanny range of oral styles--from high-flown preaching to down-and-dirty slang--this remarkable fourth novel by Forrest takes more than 1,100 pages to recount one week in the life of Joubert Jones." --Publishers Weekly

"The technique of the novel is boldly musical. Mr. Forrest prefers to lay his symbols out clearly, so the reader consciously watches him do his stuff the way an audience listens to chorus after chorus of jazz inventions on a standard song's melody and chords." --New York Times

"A work of range and scope, power and beauty . . . featuring a cast of characters truly Joycean in their larger-than-life proportions." --Martin Brady, Chicago Sun-Times

"Almost every page of Divine Days offers abundant evidence that Leon Forrest is a writer of virtuosity and power . . . A landmark in the artistic representation of social and historical reality, a rich and complex entertainment that deserves our praise, respect, and gratitude." --Arnold Rampersad, New York Newsday