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Chester Himes (1909–1984)

Chester Himes was born on July 29, 1909 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as Bomar Himes. He was a writer, known for A Rage in Harlem (1991), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Cosmic Slop (1994). He was married to Lesley Packard and Jean Johnson. He died on November 12, 1984 in Moravia, Costa Blanca, Spain. See full bio »

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 2006 Three and a Half Thoughts (Short) (short story)
 1994 Cosmic Slop (TV Movie) (story "Tang")
 1991 A Rage in Harlem (novel "A Rage in Harlem")
 1972 Come Back, Charleston Blue (novel "The Heat's On")
 1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem (based upon the novel by)
 1968 If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (novel - uncredited)
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 1972 Chester Himes, Reflections (TV Movie documentary)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (filmed as Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)) See more »

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The Harlem of my books was never meant to be real; I never called it real; I just wanted to take it away from the white man if only in my books.


Himes was arrested in September 1928 on the charge of armed robbery and was sentenced to 20 to 25 years of hard labor at Ohio State Penitentiary. He began writing seriously in prison. By the time of his parole in 1937, Himes had published many stories about prison life in Esquire magazine and elsewhere. Upon release, he married his long-time girlfriend Jean Johnson and found work as a research ... See more »

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