The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life: A Library of America eBook Classic

The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life: A Library of America eBook Classic

by Wallace Thurman

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Library of America presents a classic novel of the Harlem Renaissance: Wallace Thurman's anguished, provocative look at prejudice and exclusion in Jazz Age Harlem.

The Blacker the Berry
(1929), Wallace Thurman’s debut novel, broke new ground as an exploration of issues of “colorism,” intra-racial prejudice, and internalized racism in African American life. Its protagonist, the young Emma Lou Morgan, is simply “too dark” for a world in which every kind of advancement seems to require a light complexion. Seeking acceptance and opportunity, she moves––much like the dark-skinned young Thurman had, four years before the novel’s publication––from Idaho to California to New York. Harlem, the “city of surprises,” is in many ways the novel’s true subject, its low-down, licentious streets, glittering cabarets, and variegated cast of characters offering a rich backdrop for Emma Lou’s ambivalent, picaresque progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598535761
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Library of America E-Book Classics
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 147
Sales rank: 44,427
File size: 544 KB

About the Author

His life cut short by tuberculosis at 32, Wallace Thurman left a brilliant legacy. As a leader of Harlem’s younger generation of intellectuals, salonnière to its literary and artistic avant-gardes, editor of the provocative, short-lived quarterly Fire!!, and author of novels, stories, poems, plays, and criticism, he helped to instigate and express the creative ferment that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance.

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