Requiem for HarlemBook - 1997
Completed just months before Henry Roth's death, Mercy of a Rude Stream has, since the publication of Volume I in 1994, become a literary event of epic dimensions. In Requiem for Harlem, Roth continues the story of Ira Stigman, a senior at City College, who has fallen in love with his patron and New York University professor of poetry, Edith Welles. Unable to break the ties with either his greenhorn parents or his cousin in Harlem with whom he is sexually involved, but lured by the intellectual refinement of Greenwich Village salon society, Ira decides to get the "hell out of Harlem", and, in a stunning, exhilarating finale, flees the tenement, never to return.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Branch Call Number: ROTH
Characteristics: 291p. 24cm.