The Rivers of Eros Critical Context
by Cyrus Colter

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Critical Context

(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

Cyrus Colter began writing short stories as a hobby in 1960. In 1970, he collected several stories into a manuscript and entered a contest at the University of Iowa. He won; his collection of stories was published and received several awards. This success prompted the publisher to ask him for a novel. In response, Colter produced his first novel, The Rivers of Eros. His life as a writer changed. He wrote no more short stories but produced several more successful novels.