Re: RARA-AVIS: Bastard child

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 26 Feb 2004

Jim wrote:

""Do I think about genre while writing criticism? Yes, as a critic I must, because genre (and perception of genre by readers and publishers) shapes the work. Especially in the case of Himes, who began as a
"literary" novelist and progressed to the Harlem novels, questions of genre become urgent."

That reminds me of something I've been meaning to ask you, as a biographer of Himes. I've read all of Himes's Harlem Cycle, but the only other book I've read by him is Run Man Run. What would you recommend reading next by him?


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