Brothers and Keepers [Signed]. John Edgar Wideman.

Brothers and Keepers [Signed]

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (quite slight surface rubbing to the spine tail), in a Fine dust jacket (tiny rubs to the panel corners at their tun to the flaps and some minor pushing to each flap's top edge, SIGNED BY JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN on the title page and there inscribed by Wideman as follows: "To Brian / John E[?] Wideman"; John Edgar Wideman's Memoir centered on his brother, Robert, a drug dealer, who was involved in a botched robbery during which a man was shot dead. Although the victim was killed not by Wideman but by another person involved in the robbery, Robert Wideman was convicted for his crime and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of Parole. Thus, with the Wideman brothers, we have two brothers with opposite lifestyles and life goals. Of the book, the New York Times stated The New York Times says that "by combining his [the author's] own literary skill with the candor and vitality of his brother's street style, Mr. Wideman gives added power and dimension to this book about the contrary values and goals of two brothers. It is a rare triumph in its use of diverse linguistic styles" and he "uses an impressive array of literary skills" and "convincingly mimes the rhythms and style of the Depression writings of Carl Sandburg and Margaret Walker." The Times also described the book as a "gripping account of the events, social pressures and individual psychological responses that led his brother Robert to prison for murder and him [the author] to a middle-class life as a professor of English" and also as "a sensitive and intimate portrayal of the lives and divergent paths taken by two brothers" and as a "source of some powerfully written scenes in which he conveys his impressions of American prisons" especially the experiences with the guards, the Keepers, who degrade the prisoners as well as their guests. He has "succeeded brilliantly in both understanding his brother's life and coming to terms with his own." A Fine copy, SIGNED BY JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN. Fine / fine. Item #665

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