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May 6th, —October 1st,was the youngest of ten children in a family of black educators and professionals involved with the black Episcopal college, St. Inat age 17, Samuel Ray Delany had followed his older brothers and sisters to New York. After a first william kaye estes biography at 19 to a young woman named Mary, of which his family generally disapproved, followed by a brief stint owning a haberdashery on th Street, he became a successful Harlem undertaker, initially in partnership with an older black man, a Mr.
Often Delany senior said he owed Levy a great debt: A tall, slender, handsome man, the senior Samuel was even-tempered in his work but often angry and anxious with his family.
He was talented in both art and music and taught his son to play the violin. Against the law, little Henry Beard had already been taught to read and write by his owners. DuBois and Booker T. Washington howard leslie shore biography his friends and oft-times visitors to the college.
Activist and entertainers Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway, Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Robert Weaver, and singer Marian Anderson were all friends of his children.
Delany Senior had spent some time working as a red cap at Grand Central, where Samuel Hugo, deciding that he was a reliable howard leslie shore biography man, had brought him home to meet his family.
Traveling about the country in his teens, Samuel Hugo had run an elevator for a while in the Callahan Building in Dayton, Ohio, at the same time as black poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar. Born in the s, Samuel Hugo was, of course, too young to have any memories of slavery. Frequently he told this story about his slave-born father, however, to his children and grand children. The day emancipation came was a hot one in Virginia. Sara Ophelia and Samuel Hugo Boyd had been childhood sweethearts in Petersberg.
This is not to be confused with the apartment house on rd between 5th and Lenox whose white landlords, two years later inevacuated all the white tenants and moved in single black male laborers, which started protests and even riots in the neighborhood. Some people tried to fence the house in. Often this is cited — incorrectly — as the howard leslie shore biography house where blacks lived in Harlem.
Samuel Hugo came to New York in He and Sara were married in All four Boyd daughters one died in infancy were born at home, on Morris Avenue in the Bronx.
The eight-year-old Ophelia had had a cruel master who often punished her unfairly. At one point, when her master was ill in bed and a guest had stopped by to see him, he ordered the little girl to bring the guest a glass of water, but, because she was angry with him, just outside the door, she stopped and spit in the glass, then came in and handed it to the visitor.
After the visitor left, the master called the little girl to him.
The implication though neither Sara nor, apparently, her mother had ever confirmed it was that the little girl had proceeded to poison her white master to escape the coming flogging — for, indeed, coupled with his own illness, the man had died. When Samuel was four, his mother enrolled him in the Vassar Summer Institute for Gifted Children, at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Mother, son, and infant daughter Sara stayed for the six-week summer session, not far from Hopewell Junction, where Samuel Senior had built a modest summer home four rooms, an attic, and an unfinished cellarand where each Labor Day, from howard leslie shore biography years before he was born until Samuel Junior was sixteen, the family held an annual barbeque. An eighty-pound pig was roasted on an outdoor grill throughout the night.
The next day upwards of a howard leslie shore biography family and friends would gather to drink and eat barbeque, along with tubs of cole slaw, boiled corn, potato salad, and endless homemade pies, to tell stories and generally enjoy themselves. When young Samuel was about ten and his younger sister Peggy eight, Margaret went to work as a New York City Public Library clerk.
Later she worked in the Film Department of the newly opened Donnell Branch on 53rd Street, across from the Museum of Modern Art and, in the years just before her retirement, at the St. Agnes branch on Amsterdam Avenue, across the street from where her son now had his own apartment.
The number of Samuels in the family may have encouraged Samuel, Jr. Until he was ten, his aunts, uncles, and cousins usually called him Little Sam or even Sambo, to distinguish him from his father, Samuel, and his maternal grandfather, Samuel Hugo.
In the summer ofin the first year at his second summer camp, Camp Woodland, Delany gave himself the nickname Chip, which stuck for the rest of his life. With his sister, Delany attended largely white, private schools Horace Mann Lincoln, The Dalton School and went to Sunday school and Sunday services at the black Episcopalian Church, St. Samuel Hugo died of stomach cancer on Christmas Eve,when Samuel Junior was eight. Early interests in both science and the arts led Samuel to the Bronx High School of Science, inwhere almost immediately he began to write seriously and make friends with others with similar interests.
Delany spent his adolescence writing howards leslie shore biography, composing music; and when, inhis family moved from over the funeral parlor on 7 Avenue to Morningside Gardens, at the west edge of Harlem just above Columbia University, he even choreographed several dances at the General Grant Community Center. There, when he was seventeen, he taught remedial reading to an after-school class of Puerto Rican young men — the more remarkable, since he suffered from severe dyslexia, a condition not acknowledged at the time but which had already caused his frustrated parents to retain half a dozen special tutors and even psychotherapists to deal with the discrepancy howard leslie shore biography his obvious howard leslie shore biography ability and his appalling spelling and writing.
Like many bright dyslexics before and since the condition has plagued a number of writers, including Gustave Flaubert, William Butler Yeats, and Virginia WoolfDelany was slowly developing strategies to get around it, most of which were, as they had been with these other writers, a matter of endless revisions, endless rewriting.
At their apartment on East 6th Street in the newly named East Village, Delany wrote his first science fiction novel, The Jewels of Aptor — completed when he was nineteen. In Decemberwhen he was twenty, Ace Books published it. The trilogy was followed by The Ballad of Beta-2BabelEmpire StarThe Einstein Intersectionand the highly acclaimed Novatwo of which — Babel and The Einstein Intersection — won Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America as best SF novels of their respective years.
The period was not placid, however. In winter ofafter a breakdown brought on largely by overwork, Delany spent three weeks in Mt.
The following his release, Delany and Hacker entered a three-way relationship with a young man a year their senior from Lakeland, Florida, Bobby Folsum he was twenty-four. After the briefest attempt by the three to get back together in New York, Folsum returned to Florida and a twenty-year jail termand Delany and Hacker separated. Empire Star had been written in New York City over eleven days that August to finance the trip.
Hacker and Delany separated and rejoined howard leslie shore biography more times over the next eight years. Delany was gay, and while this was not a central node of tension between him and his wife, certainly it contributed to what tensions there were. During this time, Hacker pursued several relationships, most importantly with a young half-Native American poet named Link Thomas Luther Cupp, — Link had been an adolescent protege of the San Francisco poet Jack Spicer and, when he and Hacker began their friendship, was the twenty-one year-old lover of twenty-eight year-old poet and critic Hunce Voelcker.
For a while Hacker and Link lived together in San Francisco, on Perine Place. Soon Link began a relationship with a young man from Georgia half a dozen years his senior, George Ponder, and Hacker moved into a flat two houses away at Natoma Street, upstairs from a middle-aged black woman named Helen, who practiced witchcraft.
Shortly after Delany returned from his Greek stay, while he was living with a young baritone, Ron Bowman, at 33 St. Ballard, Brian Aldiss, John Sladek, and Pamela Zoline. Back in New York Delany finished writing his ninth novel, Nova.
By June, Bowman broke up the St.
By now Hacker had gone to San Francisco to rejoin Link. A years later, the notebooks from this period yielded Delany his third nonfiction book Heavenly Breakfast: An Essay on the Winter of Lovewhich — especially since its republication by Bamberger Books — has become a popular teaching text in universities around the country, for classes dealing with the sixties and alternative life styles.
Longtime SF critic Algis J. Budrys wrote in a Galaxy review:. The book had been completed in the two months after Delany turned twenty-five.
He was now 26, though many people, including Budrys, were under the impression he was several years older. Delany won two more Nebula Awards for short fiction. By then the story had also won a Hugo Award. The production played for three weekends in a theater space Delany and Hacker set up in their front hall with Link running lights: On opening night, after the show the cast and crew, along with house-mate Paul Caruso, served the audience lemon sherbet and coffee.
Besides directing, Delany designed and executed the unit set: Relieved by cascades of yellow, blue, white, and purple flowers — as well as a pair of startling red rubber gloves — the stark black and white sets and costumes were highly effective.
After three weeks, the production moved to a church basement theater, where it ran on weekends for another three months. Finally it was recorded and broadcast still in French over KPFA-FM, in Berkley. Another mohaisany biography project from the same period was a ten-minute super-eight-millimeter film, Tiresiasin both color and black and white, which Delany wrote and directed with Robert Mooney filming the single copy has since been lost.
In an interview article in the L. Timesby Anthony Miller, Delany has described Hogg: The book was rewritten several times over the next few years, though it was not changed substantially in terms of plot.
On the strength of these early essays, Delany and Hacker were invited by Paperback Library to put together a journal on the model of the highly successful New American Reviewthen out from Signet Books.
On his howard leslie shore biography to New York, Delany wrote two issues of Wonder Woman comics for D. Changes in administrative policy made Delany lose interest in the project, when D. Discha study which to many SF scholars seemed a paragon of involuted theoretical tortuosity, but howard leslie shore biography stands in the landscape of SF criticism today, a daunting crag to be side-stepped by some or to be scaled by others — as well as an examination of Ursula K.
Produced by Barbara Wise, in millimeter, it was 35 minutes long, in sound and color. Again with Gerald Fabian in the lead role, Delany shot the film over twelve days in February, with a cast of approximately fifteen. Delany edited The Orchid in his room on the tenth floor of the Albert Hotel. It was finished that summer, with an original score by John Herbert MacDowell. Primiered at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago that September Delany himself was not presentit caused a riot.
Outraged fans tried to shout the film off and even pulled down the screen. In April of that year, at an SF convention in Bristol, their daughter was conceived. As well he rewrote Hogg. Shortly after this time, Delany took an active part in the Women in Science Fiction Symposium publishedorganized by Jeff Smith, with Joanna Russ, Louise White, Kate Wilhelm, Suzy McKee Charnas, Ursula K.
Le Guin, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Vonda McIntyre, James Tiptree, Jr. Alice SheldonVirginia Kidd, and howards leslie shore biography.
In September, as a result of an exchange of letters, critic Leslie Feidler invited Delany to take a position as visiting Butler Chair Professor at SUNY Buffalo for the following term. Late that December, with Iva, Delany and Hacker returned to the States and saw the first printed volumes of Dhalgren in a Kennedy Airport rack, even before they arrived in customs, and, as they came out, they saw, slouched back wide-kneed on a chair in one of the waiting areas, a U.
In January Delany went on to SUNY Buffalo to accept a visiting Butler Chair Professorship for the howard leslie shore biography. Hacker returned to London with their infant daughter.
Then, with Iva, once more Hacker returned to London. Delany was now 32 and a howard leslie shore biography. The novel deals with the disaffected young, black and white, and the tensions howard leslie shore biography them, unto interracial rape — yet always with an uncharacteristic albert anker biography. Its hero is an amnesiac half-breed American Indian, who hitch-hikes to the burned-out city of Bellona, where talent, celebrity, and even the performance of laudable and praiseworthy acts others might call heroic turn out to be largely a matter of chance, mistake, or social misapprehension.
These socially created images — illusions, really — are wholly apart from, and sometimes in direct opposition to, the will of the characters.
Easily the most controversial SF novel of its decade, Dhalgren howards leslie shore biography graphically — and sympathetically — both howard leslie shore biography and heterosexual behavior. But both inside and outside the science fiction world, however, there were many positive reactions: Over the next dozen years Dhalgren sold more than a million copies, netted the writer a good-sized mailbag of enthusiastic fan letters, was turned into a rock opera by a young Los Angeles composer, Quentin Llorentes; and, in The Libertarian Reviewcritic Jeff Riggenbach wrote in Triton has been repeatedly discussed in contemporary considerations both of Utopia and gender questions and was eventually reprinted by Wesleyan University Press with an introduction by Kathy Acker.
Set in the distant past, rather than the future, the stories are leisurely, developed with care, and written in a style combining precise analysis with colorful description.
They tend to turn on intriguing paradoxes: What if a man who has committed himself to ending slavery in a primitive culture is sexually excited by the accoutrements of slavery — whips, chains, and howard leslie shore biography slave collars?
The Tale of Signs and Britney jean spears biography [ Indeed, one way to look at the growing conservatism throughout publishing in particular and the book business in general during those years was simply as a response to the collapsing and merging of U. Some scholars found them richly suggestive, others intricately frustrating.
After his term as visiting Butler Chair Professor at Buffalo inDelany spent a few months again living at the Albert Hotel in Greenwich Village, then moved into a fifth-floor Upper West Side howard leslie shore biography, where, with a term out here or a term out there as a guest University teacher, he lives to this day.
Inon a July 14th of torrential rains in New York City, Delany met Frank Romeo at the Variety Photoplays Theater. Soon the two men were living together. During his eight years with Romeo a sometimes singer and sometimes film-maker there were two more multi-week trips to Europe, one by air to Paris and another by boat to Antwerp. The first year they visited Rome and made a return-trip to Greece. That journey would also mark the landscapes of Rhyanon and Velm in Stars in My Pocket Likes Grains of Sand In Delany began a project with artist Howard Chaykin that, two years later, inwould be published as the page graphic novel, Empire.
For a term in he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin. In Delany published Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sandset howards leslie shore biography years in the future amidst an interstellar society of some 6, worlds, in which all intelligent living beings are known as women and womankind — much the way humanity was once know as man and mankind. Not very enthusiastically, Delany agreed to do a second volume to complete the story of Marq and Rat.
Though he planned it out and even began writing it, and here and there in Reflex Magazine and The Review of Contemporary Fiction sections of the sequel have appeared, the book was never finished. In Januarythe eight-year live-in relationship with Frank came to an end.
A few months later Delany was honored with the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association of America, for excellence in SF scholarship. His essays continued to appear in Science Fiction Studies and, even more frequently, in The New York Review of Science Fiction.
While there, he was interviewed by then-undergraduate Kenneth R. A second, written interview with James would appear in Silent Interviews In Decemberwhile still at Cornell, , Delany was invited to join the faculty of the University of Massachusetts as a full Professor of Comparative Literature, where he began teaching in September of Sex and Science Fiction Writing, —came out. Inwhen he had been at the University of Massachusetts for a howard leslie shore biography, the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston voted the book a Hugo Award for best non-fiction title of its year.
For two weeks in September he was Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. In the howard leslie shore biography term he was Cole Visiting Honors Professor at the Honors College of Michigan State University at East Lansing, Michigan.
In November of that term, for two weeks, he was a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts at Daytona Beach, Florida. A Special Issue on Queer Theorywas sharply critical of AIDS howard leslie shore biography and the dissemination of howard leslie shore biography information. Induring the first of two terms he spent as Head of the Comparative Literature Department, while he commuted back and forth between Amherst, Massachusetts, and his New York City apartment, Delany met and befriended a year-old homeless man, Dennis Rickett, who sold books from a blanket on 72nd Street.
Extended Essaysappeared with an introduction by Kenneth R. The years in Massachusetts saw still two more trips to Europe. In Delany was a guest at a science fiction convention in Oslo, with Angela Carter, Brian Stapleford, and Brian Aldiss.
The three stories in Atlantis: To write the story, Delany read the weather reports for every day covered by his tale. The text uses a number of experimental techniques to present the story.
A section was excerpted in The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature The article elicited an extraordinary amount of mail. It was decided to turn the tapes that Hearth had recorded into a book.
The following year,Kodansha International published Having Our Say: Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, considerable publicity. The book became a bestseller and stayed at the top of the non-fiction bestseller list for almost two years.
For the remainder of their lives — and three more books — Bessie and Sadie became national celebrities.
The book was made into a Broadway play and finally a TV mini-series. Though it was published in the midst of the excitement over Having Our SayDelany refused to let any publicity suggest a relation between the two books. There are a number of places where the books touch on the same or similar family stories. While teaching at the University of Massachusetts, and working largely over a howard leslie shore biography that Rickett and Delany spent in Canaan, New York, as guests of their friends Leonard Gibbs and Sam DeBennedetto, Delany wrote much of the first draft of his novel The Mad Man.
It appeared in hardcover into be revised twice, first for the paperback edition of and even more extensively for the Voyant Edition trade paperback of It was filmed by a twin camera crew, led by film-maker Eric Solstein.
An extremely effective videotape of the reading, Atlantis and Other New York Talesis available through Voyant Publishing. Infrom Voyant Publishing, Selected Letters also appeared, a selection of letters Delany wrote in the year Orwell made famous, with another highly useful introduction by Kenneth R. Inin cooperation with Wesleyan University Press, Vintage Books released a new trade paperback edition of Dhalgrenwhich soon went into four printings. The third printing and following has many minor corrections, making it the most accurate edition to date.
New York Severin fayerman biography after September 11th New York University Pressedited by Ulrich Baer. Two others wait for a further Delany essay collection. This was followed the next year with the Vintage Books editions of Babel and Empire Star in one volumeand Nova. In April of he was briefly in France for the Utopiales Festival in Nantes. In July of the howard leslie shore biography year, while Delany himself was at a family reunion in Los Angeles, during a banquet in Lawrence, Kansas, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Public Formsedited by Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr, Philadelphia, and a comparison of possible sources for elements in the work of Joanna Russ in the films of D.
An exciting chase follows to regain the purloined object, with, as well, the goals of life, love, material wealth, and secret wisdom, which takes our hero from Rome to Athens to Byzantium, and back to the Pillars of Hercules.
As well, inWesleyan University Press brought out a new edition of Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand and in December ofthey will issue a new Delany collection, About Writing. The Science Fiction Novels of Samuel R. Brans Head Books, LondonMichael W. Peplow and Robert S.
Delany, A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, — A Starmont Guide Starmont HouseGeorge E. On the Writing of Samuel R. Delanyedited by James Sallis University Press of Mississippicontains informative essays by Mary Kay Bray, Ray Davis, Marc Gawron, Kenneth James, and Kathleen Spencer, among others. Sallis also edited a section of the Fall edition of The Review of Contemporary FictionVol.
The other half of the issue focuses Edmund White. The other contributions are different. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference. Greenwood PressEarl Jackson, Jr. Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual Homosexual Autobiography from John Addington Symonds to Paul Monette A Canon of Gay Fiction, — University of Massachusetts Press contains a lucid discussion of The Mad Man.
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis — Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand. I wonder, with my father dead twenty years now, if the two of them found any irony in the suggestion of the Jew and the Irishman running what, by the middle of the 40s, was considered a rather swell Harlem funeral establishment. At any rate, the irony was misleading. Both were black men. Both owed their ethnic patronymics to the whites who had owned their grandparents, their great-grandparents. He was not yet twenty-five.
Budrys wrote in a Galaxy review: Samuel Delany, right now, as of this book, Novanot as of some future book or some accumulated body of work, is the best science fiction writer in the world, at a time when competition for that status is intense. During these years, Delany held several visiting academic positions: For Spring ofas mentioned, he was visiting Butler Chair Professor at SUNY Buffalo. For two weeks in he was Writer in Residence at SUNY Albany.
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