Thursday, June 08, 2017

Quote: William Melvin Kelley


William Melvin Kelley (1937-2017: RIP), from "My Next to Last Hit by 'C. C. Johnson'," in Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe, edited by Werner Sollors, Caldwell Titcomb, and Thomas A. Underwood, with an introduction by Randall Kennedy, New York: New York University Press, 1993.

(I only learned recently, thanks to an email from Chris Stackhouse, that Kelley had passed away. One of the most inventive and productive--during the decade from 1960 through 1970, when his last book appeared--Black writers of his generation, and the author of four published novels and a collection of stories, he should be read much more regularly as part of the 20th century African American literary canon. You can read a 2012 interview with him here.)

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