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The blacker the berry--

by Thurman, Wallace, 1902-1934.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Thurman,
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Thurman,
In The Blacker the Berry... , a classic yet provocative novel written during the Harlem Renaissance, a young woman must reckon with colorism in the Black community as she navigates 1920s New York City.

One of the most widely read and controversial works of the Harlem Renaissance, The Blacker the Berry... was the first novel to openly explore prejudice within the Black community. This pioneering novel found a way beyond the bondage of Blackness in American life to a new meaning in truth and beauty.

Emma Lou Brown's dark complexion is a source of sorrow and humiliation -- not only to herself, but to her lighter-skinned family and friends and to the white community of Boise, Idaho, her hometown. As a young woman, Emma travels to New York's Harlem, hoping to find a safe haven in the Black Mecca of the 1920s. Wallace Thurman recreates this legendary time and place in rich detail, describing Emma's visits to nightclubs and dance halls and house-rent parties, her sex life and her catastrophic love affairs, her dreams and her disillusions--and the momentous decision she makes in order to survive.

A lost classic of Black American literature, The Blacker the Berry... is a compelling portrait of the destructive depth of racial bias in this country. A new introduction by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of The Sweeter the Juice , highlights the timelessness of the issues of race and skin color in America.
Additional Information
Subjects African American women -- Psychology -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scribner Paperback Fiction,1996
Edition 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed.
Language English
Description 221 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 068481580X
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