John A. Williams

“…arguably the finest African-American novelist of his generation.”

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John Alfred Williams (December 5, 1925 – July 3, 2015) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1925.  He earned a degree in English and Journalism from Syracuse University in 1950 (after service in the navy).  After the publication of The Angry Ones in 1960, when he was 35, John A. Williams went on to have a distinguished literary career, including the publication of his second novel Sissie, and the classic 1967 bestseller, The Man Who Cried I Am.

Williams professional career included teaching at the College of the Virgin Islands, the City College of New York, Sarah Lawrence College and was a professor of English at Rutgers University of the Virgin Islands, the City College of New York, Sarah Lawrence College and he was a professor of English at Rutgers University.

Williams received the Syracuse University Centennial Medal for Outstanding Achievement. He is also a member of the Nation Institute of Arts and Letters.   Williams also won the 1998 American Book Award for Safari West.  Williams has written about 21 fiction and non-fiction books.

Williams wrote a terrific article, back in 1963, “Negro in Literature Today” for Ebony Magazine.

Williams retired in 1994 from Rutgers University, where he was Paul Robeson Professor of English. He lived in Teaneck, N.J., with his wife, Lori. He has three sons, Gregory, a pharmaceutical executive in Philadelphia; Dennis, an author and administrator at Georgetown University; and Adam, the guitarist for the rock group Powerman 5000.  Williams passed on July 3, 2015, at the age of 89, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease

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23 Books by John A. Williams


Book Cover If I Stop, I’ll Die: The Comedy and Tragedy of Richard Pryor by John A. Williams and Dennis A. Williams

If I Stop, I’ll Die

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Book Cover For Better or for Worse by John A. Williams

For Better or for Worse

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Book Cover Safari West: Poems by John A. Williams

Safari West

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Book Cover One for New York by John A. Williams

One for New York

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Book Cover The Angry Ones by John A. Williams

The Angry Ones

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Book Cover If I Stop I’ll Die: The Comedy and Tragedy of Richard Pryor by John A. Williams and Dennis A. Williams

If I Stop I’ll Die

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Book Cover Sissie by John A. Williams

Sissie

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Book Cover !Click Song by John A. Williams

!Click Song

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Book Cover Jacob’s Ladder by John A. Williams

Jacob’s Ladder

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Book Cover The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams

The Man Who Cried I Am

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Book Cover The Junior Bachelor Society by John A. Williams

The Junior Bachelor Society

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Book Cover Mothersill and the Foxes by John A. Williams

Mothersill and the Foxes

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Book Cover Minorities in the City by John A. Williams

Minorities in the City

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Book Cover The King God Didn’t Save: Reflections on the Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. by John A. Williams

The King God Didn’t Save

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Book Cover This is My Country Too by John A. Williams

This is My Country Too

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Book Cover Night Song by John A. Williams

Night Song

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