Autobiography of Malcolm X

with Alex Haley

Norfolk Prison Colony’s library was one of its outstanding features.  A millionaire named Parkhurst had willed his library there; he had probably been interested in the rehabilitation program. History and religions were his special interests. Thousands of his books were on the shelves, and in the back were boxes and crates full, for which there wasn’t space on the shelves. At Norfolk, we could actually go into the library and, with permission, walk up and down the shelves, pick books.  There were hundreds of old volumes, some of them probably rare, I read aimlessly, until I learned to read selectively, with a purpose.


2014 Confernce

… All these things that I didn’t know before the conference: Daniel Venegas’ Don Chiopote, the Creole folklore collected in Louisiana by the Federal Writers’ Project, and (I’m ashamed to say) …

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Graduate Conference, April 11, 2014

Our four panels this year were “Natives and Migrants,” “Bilingualisms,” “Ethnographies of Material Life,” and “The Environmental Turn,”  also workshops with Gordon Hutner, Editor, American Literary History,  and Lan Samantha Chang, Director, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

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