Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Ex-con writers-- Himes

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 01 May 2000

Michael Chong just referred to Cast the First Stone as the first novel by Chester Himes. The jacket copy for my old paperback edition (which I haven't read yet) of If He Hollers Let Him Go says that was his first novel. I seem to remember reading somewhere that it wasn't really, that he had an earlier one he had trouble publishing. Was that Cast the First Stone, written earlier, published later?

While I'm on the subject of Himes, I've now read all of his Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones books. What are the most recommended of his others?


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