“This is a book that turns you on; it tells you how it feels to be a young, black male American in a permissive society of white women.”
—Chester Himes, author of If He Hollers, Let Him Go
“Flimflamboyantly erotic ... audacious ... dramatic ... Mr. Brown is a born pornographer gone straight.”
—The New York Times
“Brown's best-selling The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger,
published in 1969, [is] a picaresque novel ˆ la Henry Fielding's Tom Jones,
infused with a Black Power sensibility.”
About the Author
Cecil Brown holds a PhD in African American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. His other books include Days Without Weather, Stagolee Shot Billy,
and his autobiography, Coming Up Down Home
. He lives in Berkeley.
Foreword contributor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and holder of the distinguished title of the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor at Harvard University.