The Life and Work of John Edgar Wideman
by Keith E. Byerman
August 2013, 194pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36633-8
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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Challenging. Successful. Controversial. All terms used to accurately describe African American novelist and autobiographer John Edgar Wideman. This book examines his life and work—and the connections between them.

The Life and Work of John Edgar Wideman is ideal for readers who might not be familiar with Wideman’s work or those who may have been intimidated by descriptions of his writings. Through its coverage of Wideman’s life from several generations back to the present and explanations of how Wideman makes use of life experiences, this book breaks down barriers for new readers and enables them to better relate and connect to his writing.

Author Keith E. Byerman discusses Wideman’s book-length works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as some of his shorter, journalistic pieces. The book emphasizes how Wideman integrates family and personal experience into what is typically labeled postmodern writing, and explains how he has evolved as a public intellectual who supplies shrewd commentary on subjects such as the prison system, terrorism, and the role of sports in American society.

Keith E. Byerman, PhD, is professor of English, African American studies, and women's studies at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. His published works include The Art and Life of Clarence Major, Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction, and The Short Fiction of John Edgar Wideman. Byerman holds a doctorate in American studies from Purdue University.


"Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, February 28, 2014
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