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The Resource Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim, Justin Gifford

Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim, Justin Gifford

Label
Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim
Title
Street poison
Title remainder
the biography of Iceberg Slim
Statement of responsibility
Justin Gifford
Title variation
Biography of Iceberg Slim
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture. You can't understand contemporary black (and even American) culture without reckoning with Iceberg Slim and his many acolytes and imitators. Literature professor Justin Gifford has been researching the life and work of Robert Beck for a decade, culminating in Street Poison, a colorful and compassionate biography of one of the most complicated figures in twentieth-century literature. Drawing on a wealth of archival material--including FBI files, prison records, and interviews with Beck, his wife, and his daughters--Gifford explores the sexual trauma and racial violence Beck endured that led to his reinvention as Iceberg Slim, one of America's most infamous pimps of the 1940s and '50s. From pimping to penning his profoundly influential confessional autobiography, Pimp, to his involvement in radical politics, Gifford's biography illuminates the life and works of one of American literature's most unique renegades" -- provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gifford, Justin
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Iceberg Slim
  • African American authors
  • African Americans
  • Pimps
Label
Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim, Justin Gifford
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-249) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn893098908
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385538343
Isbn Type
(hardcovers)
Lccn
2014037252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385538343
  • (OCoLC)893098908
  • (Sirsi) b13575065
Label
Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim, Justin Gifford
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-249) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn893098908
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385538343
Isbn Type
(hardcovers)
Lccn
2014037252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385538343
  • (OCoLC)893098908
  • (Sirsi) b13575065

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