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A drop of patience, William Melvin Kelley

Label
A drop of patience
Title
A drop of patience
Statement of responsibility
William Melvin Kelley
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One of the great jazz novels of any era, A Drop of Patience tells the story of a blind horn player's journey through the themes of race, blindness, and music.At the age of five, Ludlow Washington is given up by his parents to a brutal white-run state institution for blind African American children, where everyone is taught music--the only trade by which they are expected to make a living. Ludlow is a prodigy on the horn and at fifteen is "purchased" out of the Home by a bandleader in the fictive Southern town of New Marsails. By eighteen he is married with a baby daughter, but as his reputation spreads he seeks to grow musically, leaving his budding family for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in New York City. Navigating the worlds of music and race and women, Ludlow's career follows an arc towards collapse, a nervous breakdown, recovery, a long-delayed public recognition, only for him to finally abandon the spotlight and return to his roots and find solace in the black church. A Drop of Patience is a brilliant portrayal of a jazz musician. It stands apart as an exemplary parable of African American history, of racial politics, and of musical creative genius
Cataloging source
ON8
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-2017
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kelley, William Melvin
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3561.E392
LC item number
D76 2020
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American musicians
  • Blind musicians
Target audience
adult
Label
A drop of patience, William Melvin Kelley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Anchor Books edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781984899316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1178768460
  • 3138303
  • (OCoLC)on1178768460
  • BK0025953704
Label
A drop of patience, William Melvin Kelley
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Anchor Books edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781984899316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1178768460
  • 3138303
  • (OCoLC)on1178768460
  • BK0025953704

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