[Henry Dumas] had completed work, the quality and quantity of which are almost never achieved in several lifetimes.
He was brilliant. He was magnetic and he was an incredible artist
.[Dumas] was able to penetrate, almost like an archeologist, those areas that comprise the extraordinary, varied experiences of black people of all ages. I dont know too many young men or young people who could write about old people the way he does, or write about love the way he does, or write about very young black boys the way he does. Its extraordinary.Toni Morrison, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times