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Mel Watkins (born 1940) is an American critic and author. A former staff member at The New York Times, he has written extensively about comedy and African American literature and has often appeared as a commentator in television documentaries about entertainment history and performers such as Chris Rock and Richard Pryor.

As an editor and writer at the NY Times Sunday Book Review from 1964 to 1985, he contributed numerous book reviews and articles on literature, sports, and entertainment as well as obituaries of artists ranging from George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Rodney Dangerfield to Gwendolyn Brooks. He was the Book Page editor for Penthouse (1977–1978) and American Visions (1986–1991) magazines. In 1979, he was the recipient of an Alicia Patterson journalism fellowship; his research on African American humor led to publication of the highly acclaimed social history, On the Real Side: Laughing, Lying and Signifying–The Underground Tradition of African American Humor That Transformed American Culture (1994). (A revised edition, On the Real Side: A History of African American Humor, was published in 1999.)

Watkins first published book was Black Review (1971); the paperback literary anthology, which he edited, included contributions by Julius Lester, Cecil Brown, Nikki Giovanni, and others. Subsequent books include Dancing with Strangers: A Memoir (1998), The Bob Love Story (2000), and African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today (2002). His latest book is Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry (2005), a biography of the pioneer African American motion picture actor.

Watkins, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, now lives in New York City, where he continues to write, lecture, and appear for speaking engagements. A graduate of Colgate University (1962) who is listed among its Distinguished Alumni, he was NEH Professor of Humanities at the university in 2007 and 2008.

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Total Books: 15
Stepin Fetchit The Life  Times of Lincoln Perry
2006 - Stepin Fetchit the Life Times of Lincoln Perry (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781400096763
ISBN-10: 1400096766
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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Staples And Beyond Selected Writings of Mel Watkins
2006 - Staples and Beyond Selected Writings of Mel Watkins [Carleton Library] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780773531451
ISBN-10: 0773531459
Genre: History
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Stepin Fetchit  The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry
Dancing with Strangers A Memoir
2002 - Dancing with Strangers a Memoir (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780743245418
ISBN-10: 0743245415
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The Bob Love Story If It's Gonna Be It's Up to Me
1999 - The Bob Love Story If It's Gonna Be It's Up to Me (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780809225972
ISBN-10: 0809225972
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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On the Real Side A History of African American Comedy
DANCING WITH STRANGERS  A MEMOIR
1998 - Dancing with Strangers a Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780684808642
ISBN-10: 0684808641
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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On the Real Side
1995 - On the Real Side (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671511036
ISBN-10: 0671511033
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On the Real Side Laughing Lying and Signifying-Underground Tradition of African-American Humor That Transformed American Culture from Slavery to Richard Pryor
Madness and Ruin Politics and the Economy in the Neoconservative Age
1992 - Madness and Ruin Politics and the Economy in the Neoconservative Age (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780921284642
ISBN-10: 0921284640
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Dene Nation - the  Colony Within
1977 - Dene Nation - the Colony Within (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780802063151
ISBN-10: 0802063152
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Race and Suburbia [Issues and Perspectives : A New York Times Resource Library] (Paperback)
To Be a Black Woman Portraits in Fact and Fiction
To Be a Black Woman Portraits in Fact and Fiction (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688000110
ISBN-10: 0688000118
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Madness and Ruin Politics and the Economy in the Neoconservative Age