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Julius Lester (1939–2018)

Auteur de To Be a Slave

55+ oeuvres 9,613 utilisateurs 481 critiques 5 Favoris

A propos de l'auteur

Julius Bernard Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Fisk University in 1960. He moved to New York to become a folk singer. He performed on the coffeehouse circuit as a singer and guitarist. He released two albums entitled Julius afficher plus Lester in 1965 and Departures in 1967. His first published book, The Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly written with Pete Seeger, was published in 1965. In the 1960s, Lester was closely involved as a writer and photographer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He traveled to the South to document the civil rights movement and to North Vietnam to photograph the effects of American bombardment. He also hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City. He wrote more than four dozen nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children. His books for adults included Look Out, Whitey!: Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama, Revolutionary Notes, All Is Well, Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, and The Autobiography of God. His children's books included To Be a Slave, Sam and the Tigers, and Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, which won the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award in 2006. He also wrote reviews and essays for numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Dissent, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1971. He originally taught in the Afro-American studies department, but transferred to the Judaic and Near Eastern studies department when Lester criticized the novelist James Baldwin for what he felt were anti-Semitic remarks. He died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Julius Lester

To Be a Slave (1968) 1,633 exemplaires, 12 critiques
John Henry (1994) 1,564 exemplaires, 94 critiques
Les larmes noires (Grand format Hachette Jeunesse) (2005) 810 exemplaires, 139 critiques
Let's Talk About Race (2005) 548 exemplaires, 39 critiques
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (1987) 493 exemplaires, 9 critiques
Sam and the Tigers; A New Telling of 'Little Black Sambo' (1996) 472 exemplaires, 22 critiques
Pharaoh's Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (2002) 326 exemplaires, 25 critiques
How Many Spots Does A Leopard Have? And Other Tales (1989) 299 exemplaires, 6 critiques
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road (1998) — Auteur — 285 exemplaires, 18 critiques
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (1998) 266 exemplaires, 9 critiques
When Dad Killed Mom (2001) 212 exemplaires, 21 critiques
Long Journey Home (1972) 208 exemplaires
Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (1999) 185 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire (2007) 165 exemplaires, 19 critiques
Lovesong: Becoming a Jew (1988) 158 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Othello [adapted] (1995) 149 exemplaires, 2 critiques
The Old African (2005) 127 exemplaires, 6 critiques
Guardian (2008) 126 exemplaires, 10 critiques
What A Truly Cool World (1999) 119 exemplaires, 7 critiques
Black Folktales (1969) 114 exemplaires, 2 critiques
More Tales of Uncle Remus: Volume 1 (1988) 102 exemplaires, 2 critiques
The Knee-high Man and Other Tales (1972) 95 exemplaires, 1 critique
Last Tales of Uncle Remus (1994) 94 exemplaires, 2 critiques
This Strange New Feeling (1982) 90 exemplaires
The Autobiography of God: A Novel (2004) 81 exemplaires, 4 critiques
Time's Memory (2006) 67 exemplaires, 4 critiques
And All OUr Wounds Forgiven (1994) 64 exemplaires, 1 critique
Further Tales of Uncle Remus (1990) 57 exemplaires, 1 critique
Why Heaven Is Far Away (2002) 50 exemplaires, 6 critiques
Revolutionary notes (1969) 45 exemplaires
The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World (2001) 44 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Shining (2003) 43 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (2000) 31 exemplaires, 2 critiques
The Hungry Ghosts (2009) 28 exemplaires, 3 critiques
Do Lord Remember Me: A Novel (1985) 25 exemplaires
Falling Pieces of the Broken Sky (1990) 16 exemplaires
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday (2016) 15 exemplaires
Basketball Game (New Windmills) (1977) 10 exemplaires
All is well (1976) 9 exemplaires, 1 critique
Who I am (1974) 9 exemplaires
The Seventh Son (v. 2) (1986) — Directeur de publication — 7 exemplaires
The Seventh Son: Volume One Only (1986) — Directeur de publication — 6 exemplaires
Two Love Stories (1972) 5 exemplaires
A Taste of Freedom (Knockouts) (1983) 4 exemplaires
City Cat, Country Cat (2010) 2 exemplaires
Im Gedächtnis der Zeit (2007) 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers (1999) — Contributeur — 320 exemplaires, 6 critiques
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contributeur — 91 exemplaires
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contributeur — 41 exemplaires, 1 critique
Black Anti-Semitism and Jewish Racism (1969) — Contributeur — 38 exemplaires
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contributeur — 19 exemplaires
Young and Black in America (1970) — Introduction — 16 exemplaires


Partage des connaissances



Much darker than I expected, yet in some ways, more simplistic. The characters were strong and the story kept me guessing.
LaPhenix | 20 autres critiques | Jul 8, 2024 |
John Henry is a man who can do things that other men can't do, like run very fast, or tell the sun to wake up in the morning. He goes on many adventures like racing a horse on foot and leaving his family behind to venture out into the world. This book would good for 2nd graders. It is a good example of folk tales while also being inclusive.
mwik21 | 93 autres critiques | Apr 22, 2024 |
Julius Lester is an African-American author that writes books about African-American history. He has many books, but this book specfically stood out to me about folktales. This specfic book tells stories of 12 African-American folktales and I thought that was really interesting. I have never read any of his books but they look very familar. It is said that the folktales in this book were told by slaves and the stories were passed down for many centuries.
ergoldie | 1 autre critique | Apr 10, 2024 |
A wonderful read out loud book. Marvelous language. This was one of my daughter's favorites.
LDMichaelis | 21 autres critiques | Jan 22, 2024 |


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