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Award Winner

F.B. Eyes

How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Winner of a 2016 ­American Book Award, F.B. Eyes has been praised as “a bold, provocative study” ­(Publisher’s Weekly) of ­African-American literat­ure. William Maxwell, professor in the English and African and African-American studies departments, draws on 14,000 pages of recently released FBI files to show how the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, monitored and shaped public perception of African-American literature from 1919 to 1972. F.B. Eyes was also shortlisted for the 2016 MSA Book Prize by the Modernist Studies Association. “F.B. Eyes is a startling look at how racism has influenced the highest levels of authority,” says John T. Slania of Book Page.

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