Paul Beatty





Paul Beatty

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Paul Beatty (born 1962 in Los Angeles) is a contemporary African-American author. Beatty received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University. He is a 1980 graduate of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California.

In 1990, Paul Beatty was crowned the first ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. One of the prizes for winning that championship title was the book deal which resulted in his first volume of poetry, Big Bank Takes Little Bank. This would be followed by another book of poetry Joker, Joker, Deuce as well as appearances performing his poetry on MTV and PBS (in the series The United States of Poetry). In 1993, he was awarded a grant from the Foundati...more


Average rating: 4.01 · 2,742 ratings · 317 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
The White Boy Shuffle
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,715 ratings — published 1996 — 7 editions
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Slumberland
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 455 ratings — published 2008 — 10 editions
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Tuff
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 346 ratings — published 1998 — 9 editions
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Joker, Joker, Deuce
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1994
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Hokum: An Anthology of Afri...
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Big Bank Take Little Bank
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1991
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The White Boy Shuffle Readi...
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American prophet
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“If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.”
Paul Beatty

“Man, didn't anybody ever tell you that art is propaganda? It doesn't matter whether you think it should be or it shouldn't be, it just is, and motherfucker, like or not, you're sitting on a funky Magna Carta.”
Paul Beatty, Slumberland

“Look, dude, you've sampled your life, mixed those sounds with a funk precedent, and established a sixteen-bar system of government for the entire rhythm nation. Set the Dj up as the executive, the legislative, and judicial branches. I mean, after listening to your beat, anything I've heard on the pop radio in the last five years feels like a violation of my civil rights.”
Paul Beatty, Slumberland

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