The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life

New York: Macaulay Company, 1929. First edition. Hardcover. 262pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Brown cloth with title stamped in black on the front board and backstrip. Very good. Cloth splitting at joints. Boards rubbed at extremities (more so at the corners) Inscribed by the author on the front free endsheet. Inscription reads: "To James ____ - / In anticipation of / another story being / especially written / for submission to him / Sincerely , / Wallace Thurman". Signed copies of Thurman works are uncommon and scarce in regards to this title. 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. Item #30626

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