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date: 07 August 2020

Himes, Chester Bomarlocked

(29 July 1909–12 November 1984)
  • Gilbert H. Muller


Himes, Chester Bomar (29 July 1909–12 November 1984), African-American author, was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, the son of Joseph Sandy Himes, a teacher of blacksmithing and wheelwrighting at Lincoln Institute, and Estelle Bomar. The family moved several times during Chester Himes’s childhood, settling finally in 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, where Himes graduated from high school. In 1926 Himes enrolled at Ohio State University on a disability pension; earlier that year, while working as a busboy at a Cleveland hotel, he had fallen down an elevator shaft, suffering serious head and back injuries. At Ohio State, Himes tried to be the Jazz Age collegian, complete with “a knickerbocker suit, a long-stemmed pipe, and a Model T Ford,” as he states in his autobiography, ...

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