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LeRoy S. Hodges, Jr., has written a full of life and informative biography of a Black author of advantage whose works haven't loved the large readership they deserve. Interweaving dialogue and feedback of William Gardner Smith's literary paintings with an account of his lifestyles, Hodges offers summaries and important reviews of Smith's novels and his nonfiction. He provides us perception into the adventure of Black writers who selected to stay in another country and appears searchingly on the challenge of alienation.
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On the morning of October 27 they sent the following telegram: “We want to publish your novel. Suggest you ring Murray Hill 3–4830 collect. Regards. ”45 Smith was thrilled and his family extremely proud; Mary was completely happy. A party was held that evening at the family home on Wilder Street. Then on October 31 the publishing company wrote: “Here is the contract, drawn along the lines which we discussed. I hope you will find it in order…. If it is in order, return one copy, signed, to me for our files and a check for $500 will be sent to you….
The author does not have any great style, and humor and geniality are as little evident in the writing as they are in the leading character, but the story does not call for frivolity. It emerges an earnest, honest and bitter novel written with thought-provoking sincerity. Because of its theme and its sincerity it ought not be ignored. ”56 Last of the Conquerors went on to become a brisk seller in 1948. Page 19 2 Writing out of the Ghetto The winter of 1947–48 did not seem as cold to the Earles as had previous winters.
Vare] replied, according to Shepard: “Never! Never! ”8 The view of Philadelphia politics concerning its Black citizens during the late 1920s and the early 1930s was important not only to an isolated few, but to scores of Blacks and liberal whites who were well aware of abuses based solely on race. The overall scene in the City of Brotherly Love would continue to claim its victims of racial discrimination in many ways. Within the following decade William Gardner Smith would become another senseless victim.