Cyrus Colter

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General Information

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building

Name: Cyrus Colter

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: January 8, 1910 in Noblesville, Indiana

Died: April 17, 2002

Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • 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

ISBN: 0810150506
Release Date: 1996-05-13

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The Rivers of Eros (Prairie State Books)

ISBN: 025206089X
Release Date: 1991-02-01

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The Hippodrome

ISBN: 0810150360
Release Date: 1994-10-26

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Night Studies

ISBN: 0810150654
Release Date: 1997-08-01

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A Chocolate Soldier

ISBN: 1874509441
Release Date: 1999

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City of Light

ISBN: 0810150808
Release Date: 1998-04-15

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Literary Awards

  • Illinois Literary Heritage Award, Illinois Center for the Book, 1998
  • Doctor of Letters, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990.
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011

External Links

Cyrus Colter on WorldCat


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