Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

Book - 1992 | 1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
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When it was first published in 1944, this novel sparked immediate controversy and became a huge bestseller. It captured with devastating accuracy the deep-seated racial conflicts of a tightly knit southern town. The book is as engrossing and incendiary now as the day it was written.

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992, c1972.
Edition: 1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
ISBN: 9780156856362
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 29, 2015

Lillian Smith, Southern White author, wrote this 1944 novel dealing with Southern race relations and the novel was quickly banned in Boston because it exposed Southern racism, dealt with interracial sex, lynching and burning of a Black man and included the vulgar racial language used commonly by Whites. In the 1940’s through today, White Americans did everything possible to prohibit this type of subject matter to appear in printed form. Smith’s next work, Killers of the Dream, a non-fiction book of Southern racial matters was so highly suppressed that I barely knew about them. One interesting comment in the book is the suggestion that the South is like a serial killer who feels better after a killing, but after some time then feels compelled to kill again. If you are going to read anything about conditions in the South written by a White Southerner, these are two works that I would highly recommend.


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