John Edgar Wideman | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Joyce Carol Oates

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of John Edgar Wideman.
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Critical Review by Joyce Carol Oates

SOURCE: "Troubles I've Seen," in New York Review of Books, Vol. XLIV, No. 5, March 27, 1997, pp. 39-40.

Oates is a noted author, educator, and critic; her works include We Were the Mulvaneys. In the following review, she offers a favorable assessment of The Cattle Killing.

In a probate-office storage vault in Abbeville, South Carolina, an elderly white ex-history professor is showing a black writer from Massachusetts, whose slave ancestors lived in the Abbeville region, itemized documents relating to the sale and possession of slaves. The black writer is grateful for the historian's generous assistance (though the historian has never met the writer before, he has volunteered to spend several days with him), and so it comes as a considerable shock to the writer that, as he gazes down at the back of the historian's...

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