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Writer John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D. C., on June 14, 1941. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at Oxford University, and was the second African American to become a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually founded and chaired the African American studies department. He also taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Wideman is the author of more than a dozen books. Sent for You Yesterday won a PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984, and Philadelphia Fire received one a decade later. Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award (1994) and Brothers and Keepers was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (1995). (Bowker Author Biography)
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Philadelphia Fire 361 copies, 5 reviews
Brothers and Keepers 347 copies, 4 reviews
Sent for You Yesterday 181 copies, 2 reviews
Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File (Author) 106 copies, 1 review
Damballah 96 copies
Fanon (Author) 93 copies, 2 reviews
Fever 87 copies, 2 reviews
Hiding Place 77 copies
Hoop Roots 72 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 702 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (Contributor) 543 copies
Live from Death Row (Introduction, some editions) 406 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Essays 2003 (Contributor) 303 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (Contributor) 237 copies, 6 reviews
The Best American Essays 2010 (Contributor) 221 copies, 7 reviews
Modern American Memoirs (Contributor) 180 copies, 2 reviews

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