Reginald McKnight Analysis

Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Reginald McKnight has written one novel, I Get on the Bus (1990). He has also edited two collections of folk wisdom, African American Wisdom (1994) and Wisdom of the African World (1996).


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Reginald McKnight is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an O. Henry Award, the Kenyon Review Award for excellence (twice), a PEN/Hemingway Special Citation, a Pushcart prize, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Watson Foundation Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Bernice M. Slote Award.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

McKnight, Reginald. “An Interview with Reginald McKnight.” Interview by Renée Olander. The Writer’s Chronicle 3 (February, 2000): 5-14. McKnight discusses literary influences, his writing philosophies, the use of the word “nigger,” and two of his works: I Get on the Bus and White Boys.

McKnight, Reginald. “We Are, in Fact, a Civilization.” Interview by William Walsh. Kenyon Review 16, no. 2 (Spring, 1994): 27-42. McKnight discusses his background, writing style, and use of first-and third-person narrative.

Megan, Carolyn. “New Perceptions on Rhythm in Reginald McKnight’s Fiction.” Kenyon Review 16, no. 2 (Spring, 1994): 56-62. Megan discusses the importance of sound and rhythm in McKnight’s writing process. Her discussion includes the emotional responses evoked by this rhythm.

Peterson, V. R. “Picks and Pans—The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas.” People 37, no. 15 (April 20, 1992): 39-40. A favorable review of the short-story collection, with comments about the title story and “Quitting Smoking.”