HAMILTON, Virginia (Esther)


HAMILTON, Virginia (Esther)
(1936-)
   US writer, mostly of juveniles, and of very considerable interest in that field for the exploratory intensity of her work, from Zeely (1967) on, and for the depth of her presentation of the complexexperience of being Black in the USA. Several of her early tales, like M.C. Higgins, the Great (1974) and Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (1982),are fantasies. Of particular sf interest is the Justice Cycle - Justice and her Brothers (1978), Dustland (1980) and The Gathering (1981) - describing the slow growth of a sibling gestalt into an entity which may well prefigure a higher form of humanity. The relationship between the siblings, as Justice begins to realize that she must take control over her identical-twin elder brothers, is developed with great skill.
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   Other works: The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl (1983); The People Could Fly: American Black Folk-Tales (coll 1985); The Dark Way: Stories from theSpirit World (coll 1990).
   See also: SUPERMAN.

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