Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas
Henry Dumas’s fiction is a masterful synthesis of myth and religion, culture and nature, mask and identity. From the Deep South to the simmering streets of Harlem, his characters embark on surreal and mythic quests armed only with wit, words, and wisdom. Championed by Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, and Quincy Troupe, -Dumas’s books have long been out of print. All of his
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This is a must-read, but sometimes hard to find as a physical book outside the US. It is available on audible and from openlibrary though, so please give it a try.
DECEMBER 4, 2020
Henry Dumas: The Death and Resurrection of a “Cult” Poet
BY ISHMAEL REED
A few years ago, the most powerful Black editor in New York asked me to submit outlines for two books he wanted to publish. I went one better. I submitted two manuscripts. He told me that the salespeople rejected them because “they’d only win prizes and critical acclaim.” Judging by trends in Black literature, the salespeople have won out. In a Poets and Writers’ interv ...more
Dumas' poetry, short fiction, and novels have been published posthumously in large part due to the efforts of Eugene Redmon ...more