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Author Information: Chester Himes



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Chester Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1909. Expelled from Ohio State University (he was in the same class as Ralph Ellison). In 1928 Himes was given a twenty year sentence for armed robbery.

It was in Paris that he began writing thrillers and they were a massive success - his first, A Rage in Harlem, won the 1958 Grand Prix Policier and the subsequent Coffin Ed and Grave Digger novels were all big hits in France and America.

He died in Spain in 1984.


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