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978-0-8166-4524-4 / 0816645248

The Motion Of Light In Water: Sex And Science Fiction Writing In The East Village

by Delany, Samuel R.

Publisher:Univ Of Minnesota Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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"A very moving, intensely fascinating literary biography from an extraordinary writer. Thoroughly admirable candor and luminous stylistic precision; the artist as a young man and a memorable picture of an age." William Gibson

"Absolutely central to any consideration of black manhood. . . . Delanys vision of the necessity for total social and political transformation is revolutionary." Hazel Carby

"The prose of The Motion of Light in Water often has the shimmering beauty of the title itself. . . . This book is invaluable gay history." Inches Magazine

Born in New York Citys black ghetto Harlem at the start of World War II, Samuel R. Delany married white poet Marilyn Hacker right out of high school. The interracial couple moved into the citys new bohemian quarter, the Lower East Side, in summer 1961. Through the decades opening years, new art, new sexual practices, new music, and new political awareness burgeoned among the crowded streets and cheap railroad apartments. Beautifully, vividly, insightfully, Delany calls up this era of exploration and adventure as he details his development as a black gay writer in an open marriage, with tertiary walk-ons by Bob Dylan, Stokely Carmichael, W. H. Auden, and James Baldwin, and a panoply of brilliantly drawn secondary characters.

Winner of the 1989 Hugo Award for Non-fiction

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