A Glance Away

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Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967 - Fiction - 186 pages
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In this work John Wideman, who won the 1984 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, explores the basic theme of our failure to understand one another through an exploration into two radically different characters, their lives, and how they come together in a single confrontation.

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This book, toughly tender, does a smarting job of dramatizing the confrontation between two of life's drop-outs, an aging, pathetic homosexual and a despairing Negro junkie. It takes place in the ... Read full review

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About the author (1967)

Writer John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D. C., on June 14, 1941. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at Oxford University, and was the second African American to become a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually founded and chaired the African American studies department. He also taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Wideman is the author of more than a dozen books. Sent for You Yesterday won a PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984, and Philadelphia Fire received one a decade later. Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award (1994) and Brothers and Keepers was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (1995).

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