A Different Drummer

TitleA Different Drummer
Year for Search1962
AuthorsKelley, William Melvin(1937-2017)
Date Published1962
PublisherDoubleday
Place PublishedGarden City, NY
KeywordsAfrican American author, Male author
Annotation

The novel begins in the South that is a dystopia for all African Americans. One man revolts, salts his fields, kills his livestock, burns his house down, and leaves. All the other African Americans in the town follow his example. 

Additional Publishers

Rpt. New York: Anchor Books, 1989 with a “Foreword” by David Bradley (xi-xxxii); and London: riverrun, 2018, with a “Foreword: ‘The Lost Giant of American Literature’” by Kathryn Schulz (ix-xxxiv), which was originally published in The New Yorker 93.36 (January 29, 2018): 26-31 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/29/the-lost-giant-of-american-literature); and “A Biography of William Melvin Kelley” by Jessica Kelley (his daughter) (295-302).

Holding Institutions

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Author Note

African-American author (1937-2017)

Full Text

1962 Kelley, William Melvin (1937-2017). A Different Drummer. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. Rpt. New York: Anchor Books, 1989 with a “Foreword” by David Bradley (xi-xxxii); and London: riverrun, 2018, with a “Foreword: ‘The Lost Giant of American Literature’” by Kathryn Schulz (ix-xxxiv), which was originally published in The New Yorker 93.46 (January 29, 2018): 26-31 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/29/the-lost-giant-of-american-literature); and “A Biography of William Melvin Kelley” by Jessica Kelley (his daughter) (295-302). PSt

The novel begins in the South that is a dystopia for all African Americans. One man revolts, salts his fields, kills his livestock, burns his house down, and leaves. All the other African Americans in the town follow his example. African-American author.