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The Resource Beetlecreek, by William Demby ; with an afterword by James C. Hall

Beetlecreek, by William Demby ; with an afterword by James C. Hall

Label
Beetlecreek
Title
Beetlecreek
Statement of responsibility
by William Demby ; with an afterword by James C. Hall
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After several years of silence and seclusion in Beetlecreek's black quarter, a carnival worker named Bill Trapp befriends Johnny Johnson, a Pittsburgh teenager living with relatives in Beetlecreek. Bill is white. Johnny is black. Both are searching for acceptance, something that will give meaning to their lives. Bill tries to find it through good will in the community. Johnny finds it in the Nightriders, a local gang. David Diggs, the boy's dispirited uncle, aspires to be an artist but has to settle for sign painting. David and Johnny's new friendship with Bill kindles hope that their lives will get better. David's marriage has failed; his wife's shallow faith serves as her outlet from racial and financial oppression. David's unhappy routine is broken by Edith Johnson's return to Beetlecreek, but this relationship will be no better than his loveless marriage. Bill's attempts to unify black and white children with a community picnic is a disaster. A rumor scapegoats him as a child molester, and Beetlecreek is titillated by the imagined crimes. This novel portraying race relations in a remote West Virginia town has been termed an existential classic. It would be hard, said The New Yorker, to give Mr. Demby too much praise for the skill with which he has maneuvered the relationships in this book. During the 1960s Arna Bontemps wrote, "Demby's troubled townsfolk of the West Virginia mining region foreshadow present dilemmas. The pressing and resisting social forces in this season of our discontent and the fatal paralysis of those of us unable or unwilling to act are clearly anticipated with the dependable second sight of a true artist." First published in 1950, Beetlecreek stands as a moving condemnation of provincialism and fundamentalism. Both a critique of racial hypocrisy and a new direction for the African-American novel, it occupies fresh territory that is neither the ghetto realism of Richard Wright nor the ironic modernism of Ralph Ellison. Even after fifty years, more or less, William Demby said in 1998, "It still seems to me that Beetlecreek is about the absence of symmetry in human affairs, the imperfectibility of justice the tragic inevitability of mankind's inhumanity to mankind." William Demby is the author of The Catacombs and Love Story: Black. He lives in Sag Harbor, N.Y. James C. Hall, a professor of African-American Studies and English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, is the author of the forthcoming book, Mercy, Mercy, Me: African-American Culture and the American Sixties, and editor of Langston Hughes: A Collection of Poems
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Demby, William
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3507.E5346
LC item number
B44 1998eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • African American teenage boys
  • City and town life
  • Male friendship
  • Race relations
  • West Virginia
  • Men, White
  • Psychological fiction
  • FICTION
  • African American teenage boys
  • City and town life
  • Male friendship
  • Men, White
  • Psychological fiction
  • Race relations
  • West Virginia
Label
Beetlecreek, by William Demby ; with an afterword by James C. Hall
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Banner Books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 236)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Part One -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Part Two -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Chapter Four -- Chapter Five -- Part Three -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Chapter Four -- Chapter Five -- Chapter Six -- Chapter Seven -- Chapter Eight -- Chapter Nine -- Part Four -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- References
Control code
44958679
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (236 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585227115
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt2kk16f
  • 2d91af60-35ed-4c6e-9152-1f1c97a49e84
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44958679
Label
Beetlecreek, by William Demby ; with an afterword by James C. Hall
Publication
Note
"Banner Books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 236)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Part One -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Part Two -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Chapter Four -- Chapter Five -- Part Three -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- Chapter Four -- Chapter Five -- Chapter Six -- Chapter Seven -- Chapter Eight -- Chapter Nine -- Part Four -- Chapter One -- Chapter Two -- Chapter Three -- References
Control code
44958679
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (236 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585227115
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt2kk16f
  • 2d91af60-35ed-4c6e-9152-1f1c97a49e84
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44958679

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