A Different Drummer: the extraordinary rediscovered classic
A Different Drummer: the extraordinary rediscovered classic

A Different Drummer: the extraordinary rediscovered classic

William Melvin Kelley
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'An astounding achievement' Sunday Times
'The lost giant of American literature' New Yorker
'Absolutely essential reading' Stylist

In 1962, aged just 24, William Melvin Kelley's debut novel A Different Drummer earned him critical comparisons to James Baldwin and William Faulkner. Fifty-five years later, author and journalist Kathryn Schulz happened upon the novel serendipitously and was inspired to write the New Yorker article 'The Lost Giant of American Literature', included as a foreword to this edition.

June, 1957. One afternoon, in the backwater town of Sutton, a young black farmer by the name of Tucker Caliban matter-of-factly throws salt on his field, shoots his horse and livestock, sets fire to his house and departs the southern state. And thereafter, the entire African-American population leave with him.

The reaction that follows is told across a dozen chapters, each from the perspective of a different white townsperson. These are boys, girls, men and women; either liberal or conservative, bigoted or sympathetic - yet all of whom are grappling with this spontaneous, collective rejection of subordination.

Described by the Observer as 'Black America's lost literary masterpiece', A Different Drummer is perfect for readers who have been waiting for the next rediscovered classic.

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ISBN 9781787478039
Publisher Quercus Publishing
Format Paperback
Pages 336
Publication date 30 October 2018

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