Review: The Blacker the Berry

The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

One of the things I’m really enjoying about my African-American novel class is discovering writers wholly new to me, which Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman definitely qualifies as. Our professor likes to give us a little biographical context for the authors we read, and he particularly illustrated Thurman’s life with some clips from Brother to Brother, dramatizing his experiences with colorism (Thurman was very dark), his discontent with the main black establishment (he thought they were spending too much time trying to impress whites rather than generating art), and his homosexuality. Thurman died young of tubercolisis, but he left behind several novels, including The Blacker the Berry.

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