Introduction by Ishmael Reed
Original Mercury House edition
Fiction & African American Literature
$14.95, 192 pages
Originally published in 1966, this absurdist
in Harlem, told by the first "black, black humorist," is the story of Lester Jefferson, a young man of good will whose repeated attempts to become a part of The Great Society are doomed in advance. Aided, thwarted, and confused by numerous, curious companions, Lester conducts his inevitable search for happiness in a series of absurdist misadventures that begins with the transformation of the hair on his head into burnished silken curls.