book cover and reviews for 'Operation Burning Candle' by Blyden Jackson, East River CORE

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nation review burning candle.pdf
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book cover and reviews for 'Operation Burning Candle' by Blyden Jackson, East River CORE

Subject

East River CORE members

Description

This is one of the cover illustrations for Operation Burning Candle, a novel written by East River CORE member Blyden Jackson.

In the 1973 novel originally published by Third Press, a black Vietnam Vet organizes other such vets into an underground revolutionary group in Harlem to assassinate a group of southern White democrats meeting in NYC. The action is planned on behalf of the movement to free Black people from the last links, chains of slavery and segregation. It is portrayed as one of 'cleansing violence' that would hopefully free the collective unconscious of Black people from generations of self hate.

A former marine and one of the most militant NYC CORE leaders during the 1960’s, Jackson brought a wealth of real life experience to the work. While clearly in the genre of revenge fantasy like ‘The Spook Who Sat by the Door’, it would be interesting to know just exactly where and how ‘art imitated life’. Its also interesting to note one of Jackson’s sons was named after the main character. Aaron Middlepoet Jackson is also a writer and a former poet laureate of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Also included are two book reviews, one from the New York Times and the Nation. The novel was surprisingly well received and Jackson was seen as a potentially successful writer ‘with chops’.

Source

http://www.amazon.com/OPERATION-BURNING-CANDLE-BLYDEN-JACKSON/dp/B002LCBKMW

Publisher

Pyramid Books

Citation

“book cover and reviews for 'Operation Burning Candle' by Blyden Jackson, East River CORE,” corenyc.org, accessed September 28, 2020, http://www.corenyc.org/omeka/items/show/246.

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