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About the Author: Julia Peterkin

Born October 31, 1880, Laurens County, SC

Died August 1961 near Fort Motte, SC

Won Pulitzer Prize for Novel with Scarlet Sister Mary in 1929.


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Paperback, Published in Feb 1998 by University of Georgia Press

ISBN10: 0820319538 | ISBN13: 9780820319537

Page count: 328

Julia 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.

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