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Justin Gifford

Dr. Justin Gifford is an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. His teaching and research focus on American and African American literature. His book, the first literary and cultural history of black street fiction, Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing, was a finalist for both the Edgar Allan Poe award for literary criticism and Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award for scholarship.

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THE BIOGRAPHY OF ICEBERG SLIM
Written by JUSTIN GIFFORD

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53834-3

The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T,...

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Written by ICEBERG SLIM
Foreword by JUSTIN GIFFORD

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87259-8

From the multi-million copy master of vernacular black literature and pioneeer of hip hop culture, a masterpiece of crime fiction set in Los Angeles' meanest, toughest streets.

Here is the newly discovered novel by Iceberg Slim, the creator and undisputed master of African-American "street literature," a man who profoundly influenced hip hop and rap culture and probably has sold more books than any other black American author of the twentieth century (not that he saw the royalties from those...

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