Author: Wideman (John Edgar)
Year: 1985
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Edition Details: 1st UK Edn.
Book Condition: NrF/Vg+
ISBN: 9780850316131
Price: 8.00
Hardback. 1st UK Edn. With 10yrs between them, John and Robert Wideman grew up in the same family, went to the same schools, in the same area - Homewood, the black ghetto of Pittsburgh. Yet, while John Wideman - champion basketball player, former Rhodes scholar and newly appointed professor of English at Wyoming - outstanding novelist, his rebellious younger brother was getting deeper and deeper into the drug scene and petty crime. In 1975 a sting to grab cash to feed a growing heroin habit went badly wrong. The projected target, himself a fence and petty thief, was shot and killed in a moment of panic. Three months later, Robby and one of his friends were arrested, tried and sentenced to life imprisonment, without possibility of probation or parole. Ten years later, Robert Wideman was still in prison for a murder his novelist brother doesn't deny he witnessed, but is convinced he didn't commit. This is an extraordinary document. Drawing equally on John Wideman's introspection and literary skill and on the candour and vitality of his brother's street style, it is a brilliant confrontation with the dark side of the American dream. With Postscript. 243pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Review copy with loosely inserted slip. Nr. F. in sl. sunned Vg+ dw.


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