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John Edgar Wideman

Fiction

Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson

Catalog Number: 19851112

While at the 1985 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, John Edgar Wideman read from his then unpublished novel Ruebenwhich tells the story of an aging African-American man who lives in an abandoned trailer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and serves as a "lawyer and go-between" on behalf of poor blacks in his neighborhood. A later 1991 program featuring John Edgar Wideman is also available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Race, Poverty | Interview Year: 1985 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, MacArthur Fellowship |

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