Ishmael Reed


Born
in Chattanooga, Tennessee
February 22, 1938


Ishmael Scott Reed is an American poet, essayist, and novelist. A prominent African-American literary figure, Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and highlighting political and cultural oppression.

Reed has been described as one of the most controversial writers. While his work has often sought to represent neglected African and African-American perspectives, his energy and advocacy have centered more broadly on neglected peoples and perspectives irrespective of their cultural origins.

Average rating: 4.01 · 24,321 ratings · 1,277 reviews · 85 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mumbo Jumbo

3.81 avg rating — 2,672 ratings — published 1972 — 22 editions
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Flight to Canada

3.66 avg rating — 857 ratings — published 1976 — 11 editions
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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

3.82 avg rating — 496 ratings — published 1969 — 12 editions
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The Free-Lance Pallbearers

3.69 avg rating — 265 ratings — published 1967 — 16 editions
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Japanese by Spring

3.44 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 1993 — 4 editions
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Terrible Twos

3.57 avg rating — 181 ratings — published 1988 — 12 editions
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The Last Days of Louisiana Red

3.67 avg rating — 168 ratings — published 1974 — 9 editions
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From Totems to Hip-Hop: A M...

3.99 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Reckless Eyeballing

3.63 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 1986 — 10 editions
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Blues City: A Walk in Oakland

3.43 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 2003 — 8 editions
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“No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.”
Ishmael Reed, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

“Tea Party members go to meetings on Medicare scooters.”
Ishmael Reed

“Dualism::In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
I am outside of history. i wish i had some peanuts, it looks hungry there in the cage.
i am outside of history. its hungrier than i thot.”
Ishmael Reed, New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006



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