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Julia Peterkin pioneered in demonstrating the literary potential for serious depictions of the African American experience. Rejecting the prevailing sentimental stereotypes of her times, she portrayed her black characters with sympathy and understanding, endowing them with the full dimensions of human consciousness. In these novels and stories, she tapped the richness of rural southern black culture and oral traditions to capture the conflicting realities in an African American community and to reveal a grace ...
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Overview


Julia Peterkin pioneered in demonstrating the literary potential for serious depictions of the African American experience. Rejecting the prevailing sentimental stereotypes of her times, she portrayed her black characters with sympathy and understanding, endowing them with the full dimensions of human consciousness. In these novels and stories, she tapped the richness of rural southern black culture and oral traditions to capture the conflicting realities in an African American community and to reveal a grace and courage worthy of black pride.
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"Bright Skin is an attractively written story . . . sympathetic and unsensational in style."--Times Literary Supplement
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820319544
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 360

Meet the Author


Julia Peterkin (1880-1961) was the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and, with photographer Doris Ulmann, a nonfiction collection of essays entitled Roll, Jordan, Roll. She was the first South Carolinian to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Bright Skin

    Bright Skin by Julia Peterkin shows the culture of the African Americans during the Reconstruction era. It's a story filled with comedy and drama for all. The main character, Blue, has to leave his mother and siblings behind because his mother commits a sin against his father. Therefore, Blue's father takes his son to live with his grandparents. He meets his two cousins, Cricket 'Bright Skin,'and Man Jay, who is his Uncle Wes's son. It is when he meets them that Blue's life changes forever and the real story begins. I truly enjoyed this book. The dialect was believable and it really gave you an idea about the characters. Overall, Peterkin did a good job illustrating the daily life of Blue and the others on the plantation where they resided.

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