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Julius Lester (1939–2018)

Autor(a) de To Be a Slave

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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 de Julius Lester

To Be a Slave (1968) 1,615 cópias
John Henry (1994) 1,558 cópias
Day of Tears (2005) 809 cópias
Let's Talk About Race (2005) 544 cópias
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road (1998) — Autor — 282 cópias
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (1998) 264 cópias
When Dad Killed Mom (2001) 211 cópias
Long Journey Home (1972) 208 cópias
Lovesong: Becoming a Jew (1605) 158 cópias
Othello [adapted] (1995) 149 cópias
The Old African (2005) 126 cópias
Guardian (2008) 126 cópias
What A Truly Cool World (1999) 119 cópias
Black Folktales (1969) 114 cópias
Last Tales of Uncle Remus (1994) 93 cópias
This Strange New Feeling (1982) 90 cópias
Time's Memory (2006) 67 cópias
And All OUr Wounds Forgiven (1994) 64 cópias
Further Tales of Uncle Remus (1990) 57 cópias
Why Heaven Is Far Away (2002) 50 cópias
Revolutionary notes (1969) 45 cópias
Shining (2003) 43 cópias
The Hungry Ghosts (2009) 28 cópias
Do Lord Remember Me: A Novel (1985) 25 cópias
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday (2016) 14 cópias
All is well (1976) 9 cópias
Who I am (1974) 9 cópias
The Seventh Son (v. 2) (1986) — Editor — 7 cópias
The Seventh Son: Volume One Only (1986) — Editor — 6 cópias
Two Love Stories (1972) 5 cópias
City Cat, Country Cat (2010) 2 cópias
A Christmas Love Story 1 exemplar(es)
Im Gedächtnis der Zeit 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuinte — 91 cópias
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
Black Anti-Semitism and Jewish Racism (1969) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Young and Black in America (1970) — Introdução — 16 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



John Henry is a man who can do things that other men can't do, like run very fast, or tell the sun to wake up in the morning. He goes on many adventures like racing a horse on foot and leaving his family behind to venture out into the world. This book would good for 2nd graders. It is a good example of folk tales while also being inclusive.
mwik21 | outras 93 resenhas | Apr 22, 2024 |
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 resenha | Apr 10, 2024 |
A wonderful read out loud book. Marvelous language. This was one of my daughter's favorites.
LDMichaelis | outras 21 resenhas | 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 | outras 8 resenhas | Jan 13, 2024 |



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