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Low road : the life and legacy of Donald Goines /
Eddie B. Allen, Jr.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
description
xv, 208 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0312291248
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Book
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imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
isbn
0312291248
catalogue key
5295678
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-208).
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Eddie B. Allen, Jr., is a freelance writer and editor in Detroit, Michigan
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-08-09:
It is indicative of both the explosive nature of Goines's subject matter (his works include Whoreson; Dopefiend and Black Gangster) and the timidity of the academy that Goines's achievement selling more than five million books of utterly uncompromised fiction has received little scholarly attention. Critic Allen's thorough and well-documented study will do much to change that, placing Goines's life and work in a coherent critical, historical and social frame. This book is clearly a labor of love, all the more creditable because Goines is often hard to like. A hustler, pimp and junkie who rejected his hard-working father's middle-class ethos, Goines hardly stood out from any number of doomed young men until, during a prison term, the spreading fame of Iceberg Slim reached him. The old story of redemption by art is vividly retold here, and the sense of Goines's growing awareness and ambition is well caught, as are the exigencies of paperback publication. Tragically, Goines could leave neither his addiction nor his violent past behind, and he was murdered a case that remains unsolved at the age of 35, in 1947. This work argues not only for a serious assessment of what Goines did achieve, but makes us mourn what he never got the chance to. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Summaries
Main Description
Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of the world's most popular black contemporary writers. Having published sixteen novels, Goines's unique brand of 'street narrative' and 'ghetto realism' mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography, Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, photographs and the accounts of family members, Allen uncovers the real Goines.
Main Description
Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of world's most popular Black contemporary writers. Having published 16 novels, including Whoreson , Dopefiend , and Daddy Cool , Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's personal experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and his fictional tales.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Prelude: Death in Retrospectp. 1
Maturingp. 3
Warp. 21
Dope Fiendp. 39
Cash and Bitchesp. 55
The Jointp. 83
Publisherp. 103
West Coastp. 121
Prodigal Sonp. 149
Legacy: An Epiloguep. 173
Notes on Sourcesp. 201
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