Black No More (A Library of America eBook Classic)

Black No More (A Library of America eBook Classic)

by George S. Schuyler

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It’s 1933, in a near-future Harlem on the verge of massive transformation: crowds are flocking to the new Black-No-More Sanitarium, brainchild of the mysterious Dr. Junius Crookman, eager to change the color of their skin and live free of the burdens of racism and prejudice.

Black No More
(1931), George S. Schuyler’s wildly inventive masterpiece, begins with a premise out of pulp-era speculative fiction. What would happen in America if race, by the “strange and wonderful workings of science,” were suddenly no longer a fixed or meaningful category? In the carnivalesque mayhem that ensues as millions undergo Crookman’s procedure and the old racial order is upended, Schuyler spares no one, mocking Klansmen and “race” men alike and reveling in the myriad absurdities of the nation’s racial obsession. By turns hilarious and (in an unforgettable lynching scene) utterly shocking, Black No More is Afrofuturist satire of the highest order––a sui generis Harlem Renaissance tour-de-force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598535976
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Library of America E-Book Classics
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 437,071
File size: 380 KB

About the Author

George S. Schuyler (1895–1977) was a journalist and social critic often associated with the Harlem Renaissance. He began his career in New York writing for The Messenger, the official magazine of a black socialist group, before coming to the attention of fellow satirist H. L. Mencken, who published several pieces by Schuyler in The American Mercury. Becoming known as "the Black Mencken," Schuyler eventually joined the Pittsburgh Courier, black America’s most influential newspaper, and would go one to publish several works of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir.

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Black No More 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a smart and gracefully written read. For anyone interested in considering race theory or race relations in the United States, or for anyone who appreciates satire, this is a must-read. Both frightening and understandable, the book draws you in easily, and holds you almost despite yourself until the inevitable, and yet surprising, end result. Highly recommended.
wrobert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel can be read equally as a satire and a classic science fiction novel. The premise is that an invention is created to make African-Americans appear to look 'white'. The novel follows the life of one of the first men to be transformed, Max Disher, who transforms himself into Matthew Fisher to marry a white woman who rejected him. This trajectory allows him to both marry the woman and become an important member of a white supremacist group. The novel explores the social, economic and political impacts of race by imagining the chaos that would occur if the racial binary was removed. Despite Schuyler's conservative reputation, the book emphasizes the role that race plays in the economic exploitation of capitalism. Perhaps the only element that reveals Schuyler's conservative streak is the fact that the novel seems to be fairly cynical about structurally transforming the world it describes. The novel is also a fairly open satire of many of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois. Schuyler's prose style is fairly pulpy, but it works well for the satire, and although this review doesn't necessarily reveal it, its a pretty funny, if occasionally disturbing, novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking...interesting read!
ChubbyRunaway More than 1 year ago
Very funny and as another reviewer pointed out there are no "good" characters. Most of them are antiheroes just looking out for themselves.
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BrnBetty More than 1 year ago
I happened upon this book at a book fair and instantly fell in love with the book!
1stuniquereader More than 1 year ago
Overall there are no positive characters in the book. It's a satire about the "race" problem in America. It provides an interesting reversal of typical race relations in the United States. Overall it fits the satirical category perfectly.
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He looked at Milota and smiled. "I can fix that." He said as he healed her staring. ~Twilight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fallensnow padded in. She looked at the willow trees and sighed. "No one will understand how I feel.... about everything. Or anything." She murmured to herself, then burst out in tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Willow Grove. A large stretch of land covered in weeping willow trees. The sky above and around this area seems to always be cloudy and pale gray. ~Aeiro