Donald Goines: Brief Biography

Donald Goines, novelist, was born in Detroit, Michigan. His family owned a laundry business. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into the family business.

BIOGRAPHY

Donald Goines, novelist, was born in Detroit, Michigan. His family owned a laundry business. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into the family business. Following his service in the army, he entered into a lifestyle of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years.

Goines wrote his first two novels, DOPEFIEND: THE STORY OF A BLACK JUNKIE and WHORESON: THE STORY OF A GHETTO PIMP; BLACK GANGSTER, while he was in prison. Rappers such as Tupac Shakur have been inspired by Goines' books. He published a series about a character named Kenyatta under the pseudonym Al C. Clark.

Goines was shot to death in 1974.

CHRONOLOGY

1937 He was born in Detroit, Michigan.

1952 He joined the army

1955 His tour of duty ended with the army.

1970 He was released from prison.

1971 DOPEFIEND: THE STORY OF A BLACK JUNKIE

1972 WHORESON: THE STORY OF A GHETTO PIMP; BLACK GANGSTER

1973 BLACK GIRL LOST; STREET PLAYER; WHITE MAN'S JUSTICE, BLACK MAN'S GRIEF



1974 DADDY COOL; CRIME PARTNERS; ELDORADO RED; NEVER DIE ALONE; SWAMP MAN; CRY REVENGE!; KENYATTA'S ESCAPE; He died after being shot. (October 21)

1975 INNER CITY HOODLUM; KENYATTA'S LAST HIT

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