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The People from Heaven
by John Sanford
University of Illinois Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-252-06491-3
Library of Congress Classification PS3537.A694P46 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

An extraordinary novel, told partly in verse, The People from Heaven takes place in 1943 in Warrensburg, New York, where Eli Bishop, a white shopkeeper, initiates a reign of terror on the populace following his rape of America Smith, a black woman. The author, John Sanford, is considered by many to be one of the finest little-known writers of the twentieth century. In his introduction, Alan Wald provides an overview of Sanford's career, his art, and his politics.

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