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The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

Stephanie Brown


Americans in the World War II era bought the novels of African American writers in unprecedented numbers. However, the names on the books lining shelves and filling barracks trunks were not the now-familiar Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, but Frank Yerby, Chester Himes, William Gardner Smith, and J. Saunders Redding. This book recovers the work of these innovative novelists, overturning conventional wisdom about the writers of the period and the trajectory of African American literary history. The book also questions the assumptions about the relations between race and genre that have obscur ... More

Keywords: Americans, World War II, African American writers, Frank Yerby, Chester Himes, William Gardner Smith, J. Saunders Redding, historical romances, black authors, campus novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781604739732
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Brown, author