The award-winning African-American writer Leon Forrest was born in Chicago in 1937. His hometown inspired him throughout his life and served as the raw model for the fictional place – Forest County – where all of his five novels are set. Forrest attended classes at Roosevelt University and worked at a liquor store owned by his mother. After dropping out of Roosevelt University in 1960, Forrest was drafted and stationed in Germany from 1960 to 1962, an experience he was to use in his epic novel Divine Days. Also, during his time in the army he started to write for the Spearhead and continued to pursue a writing career after his return to the US. He worked for several newspapers, including the Black Muslim …
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Gauger, Nathalie-Aline. "Leon Forrest". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2008
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