BLACK APRIL. An Extraordinary Novel of Negro Life on an Isolated Plantation.

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1927. First edition, first state. hardcover. Julia Peterkin (1880-1961) was the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and, with photographer Doris Ulmann, a nonfiction collection of essays entitled Roll, Jordan, Roll. She was the first South Carolinian to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her 1929 novel Scarlet Sister Mary. Peterkin pioneered in demonstrating the literary potential for serious depictions of the African American experience. Rejecting the prevailing sentimental stereotypes of her times, she portrayed her black characters with sympathy and understanding, endowing them with the full dimensions of human consciousness. In these novels and stories, she tapped the richness of rural southern black culture and oral traditions to capture the conflicting realities in an African American community and to reveal a grace and courage worthy of black pride. A near fine copy in a near fine first-issue dust jacket without the John Crawford blurb on the front panel, flap price $2.50 (unclipped) with a hint of sunning at spine. Item #14592

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