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Richard Pryor: The Life and Legacy of a "Crazy" Black Man

Richard Pryor: The Life and Legacy of a "Crazy" Black Man
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
Author: Audrey Thomas McCluskey
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 304
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0253220114
ISBN-13: 9780253220110

About the Book:

A tribute to the irreverent and complex artistry of a 20th-century comic genius

Richard Pryor is an American icon whose name evokes irreverent humour, social critique, and a perplexing degree of self-agonized genius. This anthology captures in one volume the spirit, zest, and cultural impact of Richard Pryor's complex artistry. Audrey Thomas McCluskey has assembled insightful essays from a broad range of scholars, social critics, writers, filmmakers, and other established and emerging commentators on American culture. Although a celebration of Richard Pryor's genius, the book approaches the subject with a critical sensibility that provides insight into his work to reveal how he simultaneously highlighted and embodied prominent narratives of race, gender, and social conditions in America in ways that continue to enlighten and entertain.

What people say:

"...presents a variety of new and historical perspectives from scholars, filmmakers, and writers that yield insight into the comedian's origins, how he negotiated the difficult straits of the entertainment business, and what his work ultimately signified...." — Bloom

"McClusky's Life & Legacy Of ... gathers together 20 essays and features on Pryor, ranging from retrospective cultural criticism, contemporary reviews and interviews and biographical features. Each tries to pinpoint exactly what made Pryor so important...." — Record Collector

"McClusky's contributions and other essays, specifically those by David Felton and Keith Harris, invite discussion on the ways Pryor transformed American comic style ... Recommended." — Choice

"[Like] Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, [and] Muhammad Ali ... Richard Pryor contributed the combination of brilliance and tragedy at the core of what it means to be a Black man in America. Like the best jazz improvisers on the bandstand, [Pryor] turned life's mundane moments into intellectual property of the highest order and made life's most difficult situations seem like the proverbial drop in the bucket." — Todd Boyd, author of Am I Black Enough for You?

About the Author:

Audrey Thomas McCluskey is a professor of African American and African diaspora studies and former director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.