Black No More

George S. Schuyler (Author) Danzy Senna (Introduction by)
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Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
January 16, 2018
Pages
208
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143131885

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About the Author

George S. Schuyler (1895-1977), a satirist, critic, and eminent African American journalist of the Harlem Renaissance, was born in Providence, Rhode Island. After a seven-year stint in the army, he moved to New York City, where he joined the staff of The Messenger, the official magazine of the Friends of Negro Freedom, a black socialist group. His writing for The Messenger caught the eye of H. L. Mencken, who became a mentor figure to Schuyler; Schuyler soon began writing for Mencken's The American Mercury, as well as The Nation, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Courier, black America's most influential newspaper. He became the first black journalist to attain national prominence and was known for his controversial opinions. In addition to Black No More, Schuyler published the novel Slaves Today as well as several novellas and an autobiography.

Danzy Senna (introduction) is the author of the novels New People, Symptomatic, and Caucasia, a national bestseller that won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association's Alex Award and was translated into nearly a dozen languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night? and the story collection You Are Free. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Reviews

"A liberating and lacerating critique of American racial madness, capitalism, and white superiority . . . In the era of Trump and Rachel Dolezal, Beyonce's 'Formation' and that radical Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner, of the rise and fall of Tiger Woods' land of Cablinasia, and of Michael Jackson's 'race lift' and subsequent death, Schuyler's wild, misanthropic, take-no-prisoners satire of American life seems more relevant than ever." --Danzy Senna, from the Introduction

"No one is safe from Schuyler's biting mockery. . . . Each page unleashes a fusillade of gags and comic sequences, careening from slapstick to blood bath and back again. . . . To borrow a line from Schuyler, the plot twists get 'more complicated than a flapper's past'--and about as fun. . . . [Black No More is] unsparing on the madness of racial classification but frank, and very beautiful, on the lure of racial belonging." --The New York Times

"This book is fascinating." --Wesley Morris, The New York Times Book Review (podcast)

"Very satirical . . . It reminds me in some ways . . . of Paul Beatty's The Sellout, which . . . has no sacred cows and is also very funny and cutting." --John Williams, The New York Times Book Review (podcast)

"Black No More holds a cynical mirror up to its time, but has plenty to say to our world, too. . . . Schuyler's mockery spares no one." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Extraordinary . . . A satiric tour de force that rips into myths of white supremacy, black nationalism and the American Dream." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air