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dem Originally published in , dem is a classic of the Black Arts Movement This surrealistic satire lays bare the convoluted and symbiotic relationship between whites and blacks Coffee House Press is pleased to bring back into print this widely unavailable workUpper middle class Manhattanite Mitchell Pierce and his wife Tamara enact the twists and turns of human relationships in this startling fable about the intersections of race, class, sex, love, and marriage Kelley questions the nature and validity of subjective realities as he examines the constraints and consequences of prejudiceMitchell is convinced he has it made With advancement at work, an attractive wife, and a comfortable apartment, he has achieved the s version of the white man s American dream Then, slowly but surely, that dream becomes a nightmare, and Mitchell can t seem to wake up Did he really find his boss s wife and children dead in an upstairs bedroom of their suburban home Did his wife really become pregnant after a brief fling with their black maid s boyfriend Notable as a satiric portrayal of white characters from an African American perspective, this milestone achievement tugs at our ability to suspend disbelief and forces us to reexamine stereotypes from the past and current images in America s racial divideWilliam Melvin Kelley s other books include the novels A Different Drummer,A Drop of Patience, Dunfords Travels Everywheres, and the short story collection, Dancers on the Shore Kelley attended the Fieldston School and Harvard, where he studied under Archibald MacLeish and John Hawkes He lives in Harlem, is a professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and regularly teaches seminars at the Taos Institute of Art in Taos, New Mexico After having read William Melvin Kelly s A Different Drummer one of the best novels I ve ever read , I am left desiringfrom dem This novel is not a bad novel seemingly, it s just a poorly written satire I think the author does not adequately developed Mitchell Pierce or the demise of his charmed American dream life well enough from beginning to end As a reader, I am left to fill in many blanks regarding the satirical nature of his privilege in terms of race, class, and sex There are After having read William Melvin Kelly s A Different Drummer one of the best novels I ve ever read , I am left desiringfrom dem This novel is not a bad novel seemingly, it s just a poorly written satire I think the author does not adequately developed Mitchell Pierce or the demise of his charmed American dream life well enough from beginning to end As a reader, I am left to fill in many blanks regarding the satirical nature of his privilege in terms of race, class, and sex There are laughable moments throughout the novel, which makes one consider the blindness of Pierce however, I don t think the novel fully lives up to the Black Arts Movement powerful statement on racial stereotypes and other entrenching issues of the 1960s The na vet of Pierce is almost too comical to take his cognitive dissonance seriously in a novel of satire I would recommend reading the novel and getting to the heart of some of the stereotypes explored in the plot however, I could also recommend other novels from the same time period that would do a much better job of uncovering the race and class issues of the 1960s This novel is perfectly orchestrated chaos Kelley distorts the readers sense of reality to show the absurdity of certain social constructs, and the sense of confusion makes the reader hungry forinformation As the book came out in 1967, I m sure its message was muchrevolutionary at the time, but it certainly still resonates today. Wow that s a terrible cover photo This was really interesting and good but also sometimes so disturbing I had to put it down for a couple nights. Delightfully, viciously, righteously sharp but very, very broad, and unfortunately, rather scattered I definitely recommend reading the recent New Yorker article about Kelley, which is fascinating and tragic You can see a great deal of his talent even in this flawed novel, but it is clear he never got the editorial support he deserved Delightfully, viciously, righteously sharp but very, very broad, and unfortunately, rather scattered I definitely recommend reading the recent New Yorker article about Kelley, which is fascinating and tragic You can see a great deal of his talent even in this flawed novel, but it is clear he never got the editorial support he deserved


About the Author: William Melvin Kelley

William Melvin Kelley was a prominent African American novelist and short story writer He was educated at the Fieldston School in New York and later attended Harvard University class of 1960 , where he won the Dana Reed Prize for creative writing.Kelley was a writer in residence at the State University of New York at Geneseo and taught at the New School for Social Research and at Sarah Lawrence College.In 2008, he won the Anisfield Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award Kelley died in Manhattan on February 1, 2017 He was 79.


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