Essays and non-fiction
"The Black Artist: 'Calling a spade a spade,'" in artsmagazine (New York) 41 (May 1967), pp. 48-49.
Shrovetide in New Orleans. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1978.Ishmael Reed's first collection of essays helped establish him as one of the most insightful commentators on contemporary literature, politics, and culture.
Shrovetide in New Orleans, typescript, [n.d.], 347 pp.This is the original typescript used as a setting copy by the printer. It contains numerous corrections in the hand of Ishmael Reed and his editor.
God Made Alaska for the Indians: Selected Essays. New York & London: Garland, 1982.
"God Made Alaska for the Indians." Typescript, [n.d.], 60 pp.
Writin' Is Fightin': Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper. New York: Atheneum, 1988.Review copy with publicity material laid in of this collection of nineteen of Ishmael Reed's essays.
Airing Dirty Laundry. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., .First edition, signed by the author.
"Langston Hughes Writer," in Airing Dirty Laundry. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., .Galley proofs labeled "Master Set - Second Pass."
Langston Hughes, typed letter signed to Ishmael Reed, 10 January 1967, 1 p., accompanied by an earlier letter from Hughes's secretary regarding Reed's contributions to an anthology.
Conversations with Ishmael Reed, edited by Bruce Dick and Amritjit Singh. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, .This volume collects twenty-six interviews with Ishmael Reed spanning the period 1968-1995.
Another Day at the Front: Dispatches from the Race War. [New York]: Basic Books, .
Blues City: a Walk in Oakland. New York: Crown Journeys, .The most recent collection of Ishmael Reed's essays on race and culture. Blues City, which reads very much like a journal, is Ishmael Reed's historical tour of his adopted city of Oakland and is published as part of this series of city profiles written by prominent authors.