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Charles Johnson


(Charles Richard Johnson)
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Charles R. Johnson is an American scholar and author of novels, short stories, and essays. Johnson, an African-American, has directly addressed the issues of black life in America in novels such as Middle Passage and Dreamer.

Johnson first came to prominence in the 1960s as a political cartoonist, at which time he was also involved in radical politics. In 1970, he published a collection of cartoons, and this led to a television series about cartooning on PBS.
 
Anthologies edited
I Was Born a Slave (1999) (with Yuval Taylor)
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Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by Charles Johnson
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Short stories
Exchange Value (1981)


Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1987) : The Sorcerer's Apprentice
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1990) : Middle Passage


Charles Johnson recommends
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The Coming (2015)
Daniel Black
"Powerful and beautiful...this is a work to be proud of."
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Music of the Ghosts (2017)
Vaddey Ratner
"Few atrocities compare with the almost unimaginable devastation brought to Cambodia by Pol Pot. But Vaddey Ratner, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, has not only created here an unforgettable vision of revolution and genocide, but also a moving portrayal of lives interwoven by loss, Buddhist wisdom and, most important of all, redemption. Music of the Ghosts is a powerful performance."

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