By turns subtle and intense, disturbing and elusive, the stories in this collection are ultimately connected by themes of memory and loss, reality. Of the 12 stories in Wideman’s wide-ranging new collection, six have never been previously published, and most are standouts. Wideman excels in a variety of. : Fever (Contemporary American Fiction) (): John Edgar Wideman: Books.

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My head was buried in her smock. Wideman may be the finest American writer no one’s ever heard of.

Each plot involves an aspect of storytelling. The Louis Till File. You say she was colored?

Fever by John Edgar Wideman

In the third passage, the story is told from a third-person-omniscient perspective. Rush, a practitioner determined to treat the fever’s victims and understand the cause of the disease. However, it’s worth hunting down. The guards were beating me. The whole world was dying there.

Those people with the means have fled the infected city, while the poor have been forced to remain behind, most likely to die. What Do I Read Next?

Fever: Twelve Stories

In the hold of a ship, another man—a slave—wonders why the gods have chosen to put him here, chained to other captives, bumping and shaking in puddles of waste. They said she was a dancer and could play any instrument.


The next passage shifts to a first-person-plural narrator who addresses the reader directly. She must have decided it was better to risk dying than watch the guards pound a boy to death.

Throughout his career, John Edgar Wideman has emerged as a prominent voice of the African-Ameri-can consciousness.

Elizabeth rated it really liked it Feb 13, Dec 26, Luke rated it liked it Shelves: The passages vary considerably in their tone and point of view. Wideman was chosen as winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story infor outstanding achievement in that genre. Order our Fever Study Guide.

Books fevrr John Edgar Wideman. What Do I Read Next? I did not know why. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Critics have consistently noted that it is one of his most ambitious pieces of short fiction. Morgan Campbell rated it really liked it Jun 20, Refresh and try again.

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There’s an emotional payoff to just about each story here, and none outstay their welcome. The one place Wideman does falter is in letting the message override the storytelling in places. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Fever.

Dec 06, Matt Hlinak rated it it was amazing. In contrast to the first passage with its focus on visual impression from out a window, this passage takes a broader look at the impact of the disease by summarizing the symptoms. Edgqr, he does not narrow his field only to African-American issues.


By turns subtle and intense, disturbing wiceman elusive, the stories in this collection are ultimately connected by themes of memory and loss, reality and fabrication, and by a richless of language that rests lightly on its carefully foundation.

My favorite stories like the opening piece, “Doc’s Story” were just stories, plain and simple, with an impeccable sense of place and voice. The first few pages establish this variability through short passages of one- or two-paragraphs in length.

The most distinctive feature of the title story is its structure. Then they tore me from her grasp, fevfr me down and I crumpled there in the stinking mud of the compound.

Fever – Detailed Summary & Analysis Summary & Analysis

As I believe you must have been, Mrs. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. They were hurting me, beating the life out of me but I was not surprised, expected no explanation.

Oct 19, Melanie Jennings rated it it was amazing Shelves: This early collection of stories features some authorial showing off, but ranges widely in mood and character.