Individual Author Record
Name: Leon Richard ForrestPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionForrest was born in Chicago and grew up on the city's South Side. He went to school at Wendell Phillips, Hyde Park Academy, Wilson Junior College and attended the University of Chicago. He taught African-American studies and English at Northwestern University.
Biographical and Professional InformationLeon Forrest was an African American novelist. His novels concerned mythology, history, and Chicago. Forrest attended Hyde Park High School, Wilson Junior College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Chicago. He served in Germany in the U.S. Army. After his term in the service, Forrest returned to Chicago determined to pursue a career as a writer.His first novel, ''There is a Tree More Ancient than Eden'', came out in 1973. His third novel ''Two Wings to Veil My Face'' won several awards. His fourth book, ''Divine Days'', won the Chicago Sun-Times Book of the Year Award for local fiction. He wrote and edited for several South Side community newspapers, and was a professor of English and African-American studies at Northwestern University for 24 years. He also served as president of the Society of Midland Authors.His stream-of-consciousness writing concerned the legacy of slavery and earned him a place on Chicago magazine’s ''Most Important Chicagoans of the 20th Century''. April 14, 1985 was declared as - Leon Forrest Day in Chicago by then Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington.
*''There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden'', Random House, 1973*''The Bloodworth Orphans'', Random House, 1977*''Two Wings to Veil My Face'', Asphodel Press, 1984*''Divine Days'', Another Chicago Press, 1992*''The Furious Voice for Freedom: Essays'', Asphodel Press, 1992 - was reprinted in paperback as ''Relocations of the Spirit'' in 1994*''Meteor in the Madhouse'', TriQuarter, 2001