The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Macaulay Company
Date Published: 1929
Edition: First edition
Condition: Very good minus
Book Id: 47975
262pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Brown cloth with the title stamped in black on the front board and backstrip, and a small black ink stamped figure on the front cover. Publisher's brown top stain. There are multiple small moisture stains on the front cover, the spine is prominently rolled, the spine ends are moderately bumped and rubbed.
Thurman's first published novel offers a frank portrayal of prejudice within the black community, and was divisive among the public and critics alike. Thurman was already fairly well known within the "Harlem Renaissance," but the publication of this work would announce his talents to a wider audience, and would help to cement his reputation as a writer who would take on unpopular (and sometimes uncomfortable) subjects.