Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-154) and index.
Escaping the Ghost of Harold Cruse. Theorizing the Black Intellectual Conundrum -- 1. A Celebrated Artist and Visible Man. The Biographical Background. Emerging Within and Without the Left -- 2. Reconceptualizing the Afro-American Condition. The Emergence of a Blues Ontology -- 3. The Responsibilities of the Black Writer -- 4. Heroism: An Artistic Antidote to Racism.