About the author: Dr. Paul R. Lehman, who earned a PhD from Lehigh University, is a professor in the department of English, and a former Dean of the Graduate College, at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. He has lectured throughout Oklahoma and in other states across America, and published scholarly and creative articles, poetry, short stories, interviews, books, and book reviews.2003 0-7734-6591-X
John Oliver Killens, who was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, thought of himself as a black writer, not a writer who happened to be black. This study takes what Killens described as the ‘Black Psyche’ and traces its genesis through his major novels, nonfiction, essays, and short stories. Following the text is an interview with Killens, who elucidated many concerns relative to his concept of the black psyche, and covers aspects of his work as teacher, screenwriter, and other experiences.