Ishmael Reed


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Ishmael Scott Reed (born February 22, 1938) is an American poet, essayist, playwright and novelist. Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and highlighting political and cultural oppression.

Reed's work has often sought to represent neglected African and African-American perspectives, his energy and advocacy have centered more broadly on neglected ... more »

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  • The Afrocentric exploration of the black past only scratches the surface. A full examination of the ancestry of those who are referred to in the newspapers as blacks and African Americans must include...
    Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Airing Dirty Laundry, "Distant Cousins," Addison-Wesley (1993).
  • ''Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.''
    Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Airing Dirty Laundry, "Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet," Addison-Wesley (1993).
  • The descendants of Holy Roman Empire monarchies became feeble-minded in the twentieth century, and after World War I had been done in by the democracies; some were kept on to entertain the tourists, l...
    Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "American Poetry: Is There a Center?" Bla...
  • ''Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.''
    Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "America's Color Bind: The Modeling of Minoritie...
  • ''Free enterprise is not a bad idea and has produced art.''
    Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Shrovetide in Old New Orleans, "Image and Money" Doubleday (1978). "Blacks Must Put 'F...
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