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Chester B. Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on July 29, 1909. He attended Ohio State University in Columbus, but was expelled his freshman year for a prank. He began writing short stories and having them published in national magazines such as Abbott's Monthly Magazine and Esquire while in prison for armed robbery. He was paroled after 8 years and eventually joined the Works Progress Administration, where he served as a writer with the Ohio Writers' Project. His first novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go, is about the fear, anger, and humiliation of a black employee at a racist defense plant during World War II and was published in 1945. He moved to Paris, France in the 1950s and then to Moraira, Spain in 1969. He was more popular in Europe than in the United States and primarily wrote about black protagonists plagued by white racism and self-hate. His other works include Lonely Crusade, Pinktoes, Black on Black, The Quality of Hurt, and My Life As Absurdity. He also wrote detective novels set in Harlem, New York City including Run Man, Run, The Real Cool Killers, and Blind Man with a Pistol. He won the 1958 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the 1982 Columbus Foundation award. He died on November 12, 1984 from Parkinson's Disease. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from A Rage in Harlem… (more)
A Rage in Harlem 762 copies, 26 reviews
If He Hollers, Let Him Go 553 copies, 9 reviews
Cotton Comes to Harlem 490 copies, 12 reviews
Blind Man with a Pistol 411 copies, 8 reviews
The Real Cool Killers 411 copies, 16 reviews
The Heat's On 274 copies, 5 reviews
All Shot Up 263 copies, 8 reviews
Cast the First Stone 256 copies, 2 reviews
The Crazy Kill 210 copies, 3 reviews
The Big Gold Dream 195 copies, 3 reviews
Pinktoes 125 copies, 2 reviews
Run Man Run 118 copies, 1 review
Lonely Crusade 112 copies, 2 reviews
Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (Contributor) 502 copies, 6 reviews
The Olympia Reader (Contributor) 275 copies, 1 review
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (Contributor) 178 copies, 6 reviews
Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (Contributor) 153 copies, 1 review
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (Contributor) 78 copies, 3 reviews
American Negro Short Stories (Contributor) 56 copies
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