Albert French Papers, 1973-2010
This collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, publicity, and reviews of the work of author Albert French, encompassing the entirety of French's writing career from his first explorations with fiction in an unfinished manuscript to copies of all his published works.
Albert French (born 1943) is a Pittsburgh author and cousin of author John Edgar Wideman. After graduating from Penn Hills High School, French joined the Marines. He was sent to Vietnam and shot in the neck, but survived. French returned to Pittsburgh and pursued photography, eventually running his own magazine The Pittsburgh Preview. French then wrote his first novel Billy, which was published and received international acclaim. In 2007, Billy was adapted for the stage by David Barr and debuted in Chicago. French wrote three more novels and his memoir was eventually published, all favorably reviewed. Both Billy and Holly were translated into Dutch. French’s novels are centered on racism in America against Black people and are most commented on for their lyricism and authentic dialogue.