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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Oscar Devereaux Micheaux  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1884 in Metropolis, Illinois

-- Oscar Devereaux Micheaux on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Micheaux was born on a farm in Southern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Oscar Micheaux was an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. He is regarded as the first major African-American film maker, and the most successful African- American filmaker of the first half of the twentieth century. After a failed marriage and financial ruin, Micheaux decided to become a writer. He ultimately wrote seven novels and produced films until his death at age 67.

Published Works

  • The conquest; The Story of a Negro Pioneer (Originally published in 1913), Nabu Press, 2010
  • The Forged Note: A Romance Of The Darker Races (1915) , Kessinger Publishing, 2008
  • The Homesteader: A Novel (1917), Kessinger Publishing, 2010
  • The Case of Mrs. Wingate, AMS Press, Inc., 1933
  • The Wind from Nowhere (1944), Ayer Co. Publishing , 1975
  • The Story of Dorothy Stanfield, Based on a Great Insurance Swindle, and a Woman (1944), Book Supply Company, 1944

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1177780801. OCLC Number:

Nabu Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2010.

The case of Mrs. Wingate /
ISBN: 0404114040. OCLC Number:

AMS Press,. New York :. 1975.

The wind from nowhere.
ISBN: 0836991095. OCLC Number:

Books for Libraries Press,. Freeport, N.Y.,. 1972.