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Julius Lester (1939–2018)

Autor(a) de To Be a Slave

55+ Works 9,462 Membros 479 Críticas 5 Favorited

About the Author

Julius Bernard Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Fisk University in 1960. He moved to New York to become a folk singer. He performed on the coffeehouse circuit as a singer and guitarist. He released two albums entitled Julius mostrar mais Lester in 1965 and Departures in 1967. His first published book, The Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly written with Pete Seeger, was published in 1965. In the 1960s, Lester was closely involved as a writer and photographer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He traveled to the South to document the civil rights movement and to North Vietnam to photograph the effects of American bombardment. He also hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City. He wrote more than four dozen nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children. His books for adults included Look Out, Whitey!: Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama, Revolutionary Notes, All Is Well, Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, and The Autobiography of God. His children's books included To Be a Slave, Sam and the Tigers, and Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, which won the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award in 2006. He also wrote reviews and essays for numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Dissent, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1971. He originally taught in the Afro-American studies department, but transferred to the Judaic and Near Eastern studies department when Lester criticized the novelist James Baldwin for what he felt were anti-Semitic remarks. He died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Julius Lester

To Be a Slave (1968) 1,598 exemplares
John Henry (1994) 1,525 exemplares
Day of Tears (2005) 806 exemplares
Let's Talk About Race (2005) 539 exemplares
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road (1998) — Autor — 280 exemplares
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (1998) 262 exemplares
When Dad Killed Mom (2001) 210 exemplares
Long Journey Home (1972) 203 exemplares
Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (1999) 183 exemplares
Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire (2007) 164 exemplares
Lovesong: Becoming a Jew (1605) 157 exemplares
Othello [adapted] (1995) 148 exemplares
The Old African (2005) 126 exemplares
Guardian (2008) 125 exemplares
What A Truly Cool World (1999) 119 exemplares
Black Folktales (1969) 113 exemplares
The Knee-high Man and Other Tales (1972) 94 exemplares
Last Tales of Uncle Remus (1994) 91 exemplares
This Strange New Feeling (1982) 88 exemplares
The Autobiography of God: A Novel (2004) 81 exemplares
Time's Memory (2006) 67 exemplares
And All OUr Wounds Forgiven (1994) 64 exemplares
Further Tales of Uncle Remus (1990) 57 exemplares
Why Heaven Is Far Away (2002) 49 exemplares
Revolutionary notes (1969) 45 exemplares
Shining (2003) 43 exemplares
The Hungry Ghosts (2009) 28 exemplares
Do Lord Remember Me: A Novel (1985) 25 exemplares
Falling Pieces of the Broken Sky (1990) 16 exemplares
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday (2016) 13 exemplares
Basketball Game (New Windmills) (1977) 10 exemplares
All is well (1976) 9 exemplares
Who I am (1974) 9 exemplares
The Seventh Son (v. 2) (1986) — Editor — 7 exemplares
The Seventh Son: Volume One Only (1986) — Editor — 6 exemplares
Two Love Stories (1972) 5 exemplares
A Taste of Freedom (Knockouts) (1983) 4 exemplares
City Cat, Country Cat (2010) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers (1999) — Contribuidor — 316 exemplares
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Black Anti-Semitism and Jewish Racism (1969) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Young and Black in America (1970) — Introdução — 16 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Julius Lester is an African-American author that writes books about African-American history. He has many books, but this book specfically stood out to me about folktales. This specfic book tells stories of 12 African-American folktales and I thought that was really interesting. I have never read any of his books but they look very familar. It is said that the folktales in this book were told by slaves and the stories were passed down for many centuries.
ergoldie | 1 outra crítica | Apr 10, 2024 |
A wonderful read out loud book. Marvelous language. This was one of my daughter's favorites.
LDMichaelis | 21 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
The four year old loved the stories of tricky Brer Rabbit. This mama had to do some editing, but not too much. The voice and language use is engaging and charming, especially the little asides directed to the reader. This is also wonderfully illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, and would be a great book to own, since the stories are short and can be returned to again and again.
mslibrarynerd | 8 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2024 |
If you are looking for primary sources on slavery, look no further. Author Julius Lester provides context for what is basically a compilation of quotations by and about slaves. Some of these are incredibly harsh, with explicit language intact. In the introduction, Lester makes an argument that younger children can handle this harsh reality and that it does in fact make them into more compassionate people who will value truth over lies. This may be too much for children under the age of 12, but it's an indispensable resource for exposing young adults to the realities of this country's past.

By chance, I read this right before the movie "Twelve Years a Slave" is due out and so I noticed that book heavily quotes Solomon Northup, on whose autobiography the movie is based.
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LibrarianDest | 11 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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