The Hungered One by Ed Bullins

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“A richness of language and observation pervades this collection of short stories by a black writer about real black people.”—The New York Times Book Review

These early writings from award-winning playwright Ed Bullins explore loneliness and despair in beautifully crafted stories.

Ed Bullins has written numerous plays and fiction, including In the Wine Time, Goin’ a Buffalo, Clara’s Ole Man, and The Taking of Miss Janie, which received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play of the 1974–1975 season. His book of short fiction, The Hungered One: Early Writings, was originally published in 1971.

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Born in Philadelphia, in 1935, Ed Bullins was raised with a knowledge of the streets. In time he became an active participant in the black nationalist movement. As he became increasingly mistrustful of ideologies, however, he turned his focus almost entirely to the theater as a means of expressing the needs and aspirations of his people. By the mid-1960s, he had established himself, along with Imamu Amiri Baraka, as a leading playwright in America's black theater. In works such as Clara's Ole Man (1965), Goin'a Buffalo (1968), and In the Wine Time (1968), Bullins depicts the lives of people in the ghetto and shows himself able to turn even their obscene talk into a special kind of poetry. The Fabulous Miss Marie (1971) depicts the black middle class with equal poignancy and was awarded an Obie. The Taking of Miss Janie (1975), a study of American race relations, won the New York Drama Critics Award. Bullins has received two Guggenheim fellowships, three Rockefeller grants, and a Creative Artists' Public Service Program Award. In 1976 he received an honorary doctorate from Columbia College in Chicago.
Published January 1, 2009 by Akashic Books. 196 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bullins is a young black playwright (""one of our most powerful. . ."" — LeRoi Jones) whose lambasting cynicism and flair for dark dramatics were already evident in these twenty-one early pieces.

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