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Leon Richard Forrest (January 8, 1937 — November 6, 1997) was an African American novelist. His novels concerned mythology, history, and Chicago.

Forrest was born into a middle-class family in Chicago. His mother was Catholic and from New Orleans, while his father's family was Baptist. His paternal great-grandmother had a role in his early upbringing. Forrest later attended a racially integrated high school after winning an award, but he was a generally mediocre student except for writing. His parents divorced in 1956; his mother remarried, and the couple opened a liquor store.

Forrest went on to attend the University of Chicago, studying journalism, but left to serve in the military. After leaving the service, he returned to the University of Chicago and worked for the Catholic Interracial Council's Speakers Bureau. In 1969 he began working for Muhammed Speaks, a Nation of Islam newspaper. Forrest would become the last non-Muslim editor of the paper.

His first novel, There is a Tree More Ancient than Eden, came out in 1973. His third novel Two Wings to Veil My Face won several awards. From 1985 to 1994, he headed the African American Studies department at Northwestern University. He cited Charlie Parker, Dylan Thomas, William Faulkner, Eugene O'Neill, Ralph Ellison, and his parents' religions as inspiration.

He died in Evanston, Illinois.
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Total Books: 16
Meteor in the Madhouse
2011 - Meteor in the Madhouse (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780810128057
ISBN-10: 0810128055
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Bloodworth Orphans
2001 - The Bloodworth Orphans [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226257228
ISBN-10: 0226257223
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden
2001 - There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226257211
ISBN-10: 0226257215
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Meteor in the Madhouse
2001 - Meteor in the Madhouse (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780810151147
ISBN-10: 0810151146
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Two Wings to Veil My Face A Novel
1997 - Two Wings to Veil My Face a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781559211925
ISBN-10: 155921192X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Divine Days
1995 - Divine Days (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393312218
ISBN-10: 0393312216
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden
1988 - There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780961464455
ISBN-10: 0961464453
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Bloodworth Orphans
1987 - The Bloodworth Orphans (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780961464431
ISBN-10: 0961464437
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Two Wings to Veil My Face
1984 - Two Wings to Veil My Face (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394529653
ISBN-10: 0394529650
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The Bloodworth Orphans
The Bloodworth Orphans (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394499116
ISBN-10: 0394499115
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Divine Days
Divine Days (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780929968247
ISBN-10: 0929968247
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Two Wings to Veil My Face
Two Wings to Veil My Face (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780961464448
ISBN-10: 0961464445
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