Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building
Pen Name: None
Born: January 8, 1910 in Noblesville, Indiana
Died: April 17, 2002
Colter lived in Chicago and attended Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was a Professor Emeritus of English at Northwestern University and was also the chairman of the department of African-American Studies and Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities.
Biographical and Professional Information
Cyrus Colter was a novelist, short story writer and lawyer. He published his first fiction at age 60, after a career as a Chicago attorney and serving on the Illinois Commerce Commission. The collection of stories, The Beach Umbrella, and the novels The River of Eros, The Hippodrome and Night Studies explore black life in Chicago across a wide range of social class and circumstances. Colter's last novel, City of Light, was published in 1993.
- Beach Umbrella, University of Iowa Press, 1970
- The River of Eros, Swallow Press, 1972
- The Hippodrome, Swalow Press, 1973
- Night Studies, Swallow Press, 1979
- A Chocolate Soldier, Thunder`s Mouth Press, 1988
- City of Light, Thunder`s Mouth Press, 1993
Titles at Your Library
The Beach Umbrella and Other Stories
Release Date: 1996-05-13
The Rivers of Eros (Prairie State Books)
Release Date: 1991-02-01
Release Date: 1997-08-01
A Chocolate Soldier
Release Date: 1999
City of Light
Release Date: 1998-04-15
- Illinois Literary Heritage Award by the Illinois Center for the Book, 1998
- Doctor of Letters, University of Illinois Chicago
- In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
- Inductee of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011
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