Faith and the Good Thing Additional Summary

Charles Johnson


(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Davis, Arthur P. “Novels of the New Black Renaissance, 1960-1977: A Thematic Survey.” College Language Association Journal 21 (June, 1978): 457-491. A thematic and historical survey of New Black Renaissance writing. Places Faith and the Good Thing squarely in the heart of this resurgence of African American fiction.

Johnson, Charles. “An Interview with Charles Johnson.” Interview by Jonathan Little. Contemporary Literature 34 (Summer, 1993): 158-182. A discussion with Johnson about the structure and intertextuality of his novels. He agrees with the interviewer’s assertion that many of his novels, including Faith and the Good Thing, reflect a progression from ignorance to knowledge. Johnson also emphasizes the importance of black folklore in the novel.

Johnson, Charles. “An Interview with Charles Johnson.” Interview by Michael Boccia. African American Review 30 (Winter, 1996): 611-618. Covers Johnson’s childhood and his career, which he began as a cartoonist. He later developed an interest in Western and Eastern philosophy. He states that Faith Cross is patterned on his wife, Joan, whom he met in 1972 when he began writing Faith and the Good Thing. Johnson states that he became a writer specifically to develop black (and thereby American) philosophical fiction.


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