William J. Maxwell

William J. Maxwell is a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (2015), which won the American Book Award in 2016, and New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism Between the Wars (1999). He is the editor of James Baldwin: The FBI File (2017) and Claude McKay’s Complete Poems (2004).


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G-Men as Literary Critics

"F.B. Eyes" shows the canon of modern black literature to have been powerfully — and dialogically — shaped by Hoover’s ghostreaders....

G-Men as Literary Critics


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