Dark Reflections

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Dark Reflections
Dark reflections.jpg
Cover from the first edition
AuthorSamuel R. Delany
CountryUnited States
PublisherCarroll & Graf
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages295 pp
813/.54 22
LC ClassPS3554.E437 D37 2007

Dark Reflections is a novel by Samuel R. Delany, published in 2007 by Carroll & Graf, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group. In 2008 it received a Stonewall Book Award and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Fiction.


Dark Reflections tells the story of Arnold Hawley, a gay African-American poet who lives most of his life in New York City. The novel is divided into three sections, each illustrating a period in Arnold's life. Where most novels would start in youth and move towards old age, Dark Reflections begins, instead, with Arnold between the ages of 52 and 68, then moves backwards to his middle 30s, and finally recounts his early college days.


Dark Reflections centers on themes of loneliness, sexual repression, fear, and the difficult and often unrewarding life of the artist. As in many other Delany works, a writer is a character in the novel, in this case the protagonist.

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