B1663. JAMES HASKINS & KATHLEEN BENSON. Scott Joplin. Garden City, Doubleday, 1978, First Edition. 248pp. Index; Bibliography; Photos; DJ in mylar. - 0-385-11155-x
"Determined to document the significant achievements of black people, Mr. Haskins - who wrote under the name Jim Haskins in addition to James - produced several dozen juvenile biographies. His subjects ranged from sports and popular cultural names like Hank Aaron, Stevie Wonder and Bill Cosby to political figures like Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He received awards for "James Van DerZee: The Picture Takin' Man" (1980), "The March on Washington" (1994) and "Black Music in America: A History Through Its People" (1987). His adult books included biographies of Richard Pryor, Scott Joplin, Lionel Hampton, Winnie Mandela, and "Bricktop," of which he was a co-author with the red-haired Bricktop, the African-American woman who was a Paris nightclub owner in the 1920s. "The Cotton Club" (1977), His portrait of the legendary Harlem cabaret, was an inspiration for the 1984 Francis Ford Coppola film of the same name."
THE NEW YORK TIMES, 11 July, 2005