RE: RARA-AVIS: Cotton Comes to Harlem

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 01 Aug 2002

miker wrote:

"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."

Eight, actually:

A Rage in Harlem (AKA For the Love of Imabelle) The Real Cool Killers The Crazy Kill The Big Gold Dream All Shot Up The Heat's On Cotton Comes to Harlem Blind Man with a Pistol

I don't know if any or all are still in print, but Payback Press (UK, published the complete Harlem Cycle in three volumes, each with three books. The third is filled out with Plan B, an uncompleted non-Coffin Ed/Gravedigger Jones manuscript. Each also has an interesting intro, the first by Melvin Van Peebles, the third by Lesley Himes (the author's widow); the second is introduced with Himes's own essay, The Dilemma of the Black Writer in America.

As has already been noted, he wrote a bunch of other novels, too. The only one I've read so far is Run, Man, Run, which I recommend. I have several more on the TBR shelves.


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