Lawrence P. Jackson

Lawrence P. Jackson is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius , The Indignant Generation and My Father's Name . His work has been published in n+1 and Harper's. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.



Chester B. Himes: A Biography

Chester B. Himes (W. W. Norton; July 11, 2017) is a new definitive biography of the groundbreaking African-American author who had an extraordinary legacy on black writers globally.

Lawrence P. Jackson depicts the improbable life of the controversial writer whose novels confront sexuality, racism, and social injustice. In absorbing detail, Jackson explores Chester Himes’s middle-class origins, eight years in prison, painful odyssey as a black World War II–era artist, and escape to Europe, where Himes became internationally famous for his Harlem detective series. Praised by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as “one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition,” Himes, author of the bestsellers If He Hollers, Let Him Go and Cotton Comes to Harlem, published 20 literary works over a long career, enhanced by friendships with Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Carl Van Vechtern.