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In Search of Silence

The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969


“The simple fact is that I think Delany is one of the most important American writers, one who ought to be spoken of alongside any great American writer of the second half of the twentieth century … the recent publication of volume one of Delany’s Selected Journals in a gorgeous edition from Wesleyan University Press (brilliantly edited by Kenneth James) is monumental.”—Matthew Cheney, The Mumpsimus

“The first hardcover volume of Samuel Delany's journals, out now from Wesleyan University Press (covering the 1950s and 1960s) is both magisterial and inspirational—and boy, do we need the inspiration now. I am in awe of the work and scholarship involved. In collaboration with his remarkable subject, editor Kenneth James is doing an invaluable service to our field.”—Andy Duncan, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Night Cache

“In Delany, each work is in dialogue with the next, the fiction illuminating the nonfiction, which in turn re-illuminates the fiction. Delany’s notebooks add a new voice to this dialogue.”—Kenneth R. James, Tor

“Traversing Delany’s youth, we see a precocious mind grappling with his own talent … he lives on two registers, participating in the world and also observing it, living simultaneously as a kid in NYC and, ‘a writer of genius’.”—Robert Minto, New Republic

“Delany himself, having become something of an icon in the urban literary universe.”—Alan Contreras, The Gay & Lesbian Review

“A game changer for Delany studies … reveal[s] how one of the most brilliant American science fiction writers of the time (and later a noted literary theorist) came of age.”—M.J. Emery, Choice


"Mesmerizing . . .  a true portrait of an artist as a young Black man . . . already visible in these pages are the wit, sensitivity, penetration, playfulness and the incandescent intelligence that will characterize Delany and his extraordinary work." —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"This is a tremendously significant and vital addition to the oeuvre of Samuel Delany; it clarifies questions not only of the writer's process, but also his development—to see, in his juvenilia, traces that take full form in his novels—is literally breathtaking." —Matthew Cheney, author of Blood: Stories

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