I have to comment on the only one of those I have read--Chester Himes' If He Hollers Let Him Go. Himes was an amazing writer, with perhaps an even more amazing live. I don't think he was capable of writing an uninteresting paragraph (everyone writes uninteresting sentences), and I continue to read (and re-read) his works...dark, violent, funny, sometime terrifying. Worth finding all his books. And If He Hollers is among the best.
I agree, and I'm a big fan of Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones.
Talk about a subgenre.
Kind of surprising to see an ad like that from the '50s.
Lillian Smith's STRANGE FRUIT is an insightful story of the Jim Crow era south. I think Smith was white (which might be why her picture does not appear next to the book in the ad).
No photo of Erskine Caldwell, either.
I wonder if the ad ran in mostly magazines and newspapers with African-American audiences.
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