Low Road

The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines

Eddie B. Allen, Jr.

St. Martin's Griffin

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Donald Goines was a pimp, truck driver, heroin addict, factory worker, and career criminal. He was also one of the most popular Black contemporary writers having published sixteen novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool. Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen, Jr. explores exactly how one man made the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines’s novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and fictional tales.

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Praise for Low Road

"[A] comprehensive look at the gritty novelist's own thug life, (Low Road) unfolds like a fast-paced thriller that mirrors Goines's popular bestsellers."--Essence magazine

"In an in-depth biography of the original street-fiction author, Donald Goines, Allen examines the life of the late author who influenced all your favorite rappers."--The Source

"Allen illuminates the life and writings of arguably the most influential chronicler of black urban life in the post-World War II era. Goines' legacy is maintained by a hip-hop generation that is just as invisible and ignored. Eddie B. Allen J...thankfully brings that legacy into even sharper focus."--AOL BlackVoices 

"For readers who are looking for the definitive story of Donald Goines's life, a wonderful addition to their bookshelves about black popular culture and its icons, and simply, a great read, this is the book." --Black Issues Book Review


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About the Author

Eddie B. Allen, Jr.

EDDIE B. ALLEN has been published in The New York Times, The Detroit News and the Philadelphia New Observer. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.

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Low Road
The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines
Eddie B. Allen, Jr.

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312383510
ISBN10: 0312383517
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white photo section
$17.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
May 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466838628
ISBN10: 1466838620
224 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white photo section
$7.99
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