Two former "traditional publishers" of mine turned this
down. One had said they wanted very much to do it, but then
had a change of heart. Eventually, Thunder's Mouth Press published
it. The novel goes back to 1966 and it stays there. It is the
first novel that I've set entirely outside the United States;
the setting is in a west African country.
A CONDITION OF CONFLICT. Original typescript, with author's corrections and additions. Uncollated sheets. An early version of Jacob's Ladder.
JACOB'S LADDER. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press (1987). First edition, copy proof.
LADDER. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press (1987). First
edition, in dust jacket. Signed by Williams and dated
10 August 1987.
"JACOB'S LADDER," in Essence. Vol. 18, No. 3 (July
1987). An excerpt from the novel, accompanied by an interview
"ONE FOR NEW YORK," excerpted in The Payback Sampler.
Edinburgh: Payback Press (Autumn 1996). Payback Press issued One for New York in 1996.
WELL," in Men on Divorce. The Other Side
of the Story. New York: Harcourt Brace (1997).
Edited by Peggy Kaganoff and Susan Spano. Williams
writes of his divorce from Carolyn Clopton Williams
Men on Divorce: The Other Side of the Story.
New York: Harcourt Brace (1997). Edited by Peggy Kaganoff
and Susan Spano.
Earl A. John A. Williams: The Evolution of a Black Writer.
New York: The Third Press (1975). First edition, in dust
Earl Cash's book, John A. Williams: The Evolution of a Black
Writer (1975), is the first I know of that is derived
from a dissertation. Gilbert H. Muller's John A. Williams
(Twayne's United States Authors Series # 472) was published
nine years later and therefore contains far more material.
I understand that two more dissertations in French (in addition
to N'Goma's) have been written. There are a few others that
have been done by Americans, but I've not seen them.
DICKINSON, Gloria Harper. "Self-Concept in the Novels of John A. Williams and Chinua Achebe." 18 January 1978. Howard University doctoral dissertation.
N'GOMA, Eugene. "Les Personnages Expatries Chez trois Romanciers
Afro-Americains d'Apres-Guerre: James Baldwin, John A. Williams, William Gardner Smith de 1948 a 1972."
Universite de Paris, 1983. Doctoral dissertation.
Gilbert H. John A. Williams. Boston: Twayne
Publishers (1984). First edition.
Putting textbooks together is a major job. Gil Muller, another former
colleague at LaGuardia, was the force behind this venture. Gil
had done a study on me for the Twayne United States Authors Series
(#472) in 1984. McGraw-Hill kept changing editors on us, but thanks
to Gil's perseverance and encouragement, I stayed on the project.
I thought it was important for me to be involved in such a work.
The problem, as it developed when the book was published, was
that there were few teachers of English who knew my work.
THE MCGRAW-HILL INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE. Co-edited with
Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill (1985). First edition,
IN: APPROACHES TO READING AND WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE.
Co-edited with Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill
(1994). First edition.
BRIDGES: LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES. Co-edited with Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill (1994). First edition.
WAYS IN: APRROACHES TO READING AND WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE AND FILM. Co-edited
with Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill (2003). Second edition.