William Melvin Kelley was one of the most important writers of fiction who most people never heard of. His 1962 novel A Different Drummer portrays the world of race relations in the American South through a unique and powerful voice. Kelley was “rediscovered” by our guest Kathryn Schulz, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer for The New Yorker. Schulz’ fascinating article “The Lost Giant of American Literature,” about her journey uncovering the world and work of William Melvin Kelley, is published in this week’s New Yorker. It would behoove us all to rediscover A Different Drummer as we wrestle with race in the 21st Century.
Click here to read the article written by Kathryn Schulz.