Picture of Chester Himes, author of 'Cotton Comes to Harlem' and the 'Harlem Domestic' detective novels
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
Chester Himes, Hard Times
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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