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July 29, 2013

Chester Himes, Hard Times

Chester Himes    (1909 - 1984)

Chester Himes
(1909 – 1984)

By Steve King

On this day in 1909 Chester Himes was born. Until recently, Himes was known primarily for his contributions to the noir-hardboiled genre — Cotton Comes to Harlem, and his other “Harlem Domestic” detective novels. Recent, restored editions of some of his other books and several recent biographies make the case for regarding Himes, rather than such contemporaries as Wright and Baldwin, as “America’s central black writer.”

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