Scarlet Sister Mary

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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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"Peterkin is a southern white woman, but she has the eye and the ear to see beauty and know truth."--W. E. B. Du Bois

“[Peterkin] pioneered in demonstrating the literary potential for serious depictions of the African-American experience."--Charles Joyner, Coastal Carolina University

Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize winner Peterkin was a pioneer in writing candidly, yet unsentimentally, about black women, including their sensuality. Debuting in 1924 and 1928, respectively, these two titles offer a collection of short stories and a novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820323770
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/1998
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 659,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Cannot recommend

    I thought the story was written well, but the plot is not commendable. The heroine is self-absorbed and unsympathetic.

    There is little to admire in Mary. The story is 80+ years old, and we still see it repeated again and again today. Very sad. Do we really want that?

    I also believe the author may have been mocking her characters.

    There is nothing good to take away from this book.

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