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Leon Forrest
 
1937 -

Leon Forrest is a professor and former department chair of African-American studies at Northwestern University, but he began his life and his writing career on the South Side. He attended Wilson Junior College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Chicago, and was at one point editor of the Woodlawn Observer. His complex, stream-of-consciousness writing style has been compared to that of James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Ralph Ellison. Forrest's huge casts of characters deal with the legacy of slavery in nonlinear, multifaceted novels that critics have found rich but sometimes overwhelming. In his 1992 saga "Divine Days," Forrest drew on some of his personal experiences in telling the story of a young black playwright searching for a South Side folk hero.

Chicago Magazine chose him one of Chicago's 100 "Most Important Chicagoans of the 20th Century" (#96). Works:

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