RE: RARA-AVIS: Cotton Comes to Harlem

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 01 Aug 2002

<<Thanks for the recommendation, Mario. I haven't heard of this one. After reading others' posts, I take it that Coffin Ed and Grave Digger make up about a 7-book series.>>

Yes, and I think they're all in print, or were recently in print.

<<The only other Himes's I've heard of is _The Real Cool Killers_. I guess he's also written an auto- biography.>>

He wrote a lot, more than twenty books in all. They're all interesting. He was a man of experience.

<<If I recall correctly, he had a rough life.>>

Yes, he was in prison and started writing and publishing while there. His collected short stories have some material from that period, tough stories about poverty, crime and jail.



"The skill of man is unequal to the formation of a new man from old materials, but the battered tenement may, with care, be long sustained by props" -- From Becklard's Physiology.

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