Huffman, Eugene Henry
Title "Now I Am Civilized"
Book Condition Fine
Publisher New York AMS Press, Inc. 1975 (c.1930)
0-404-11390-7 / 9780404113902
Illustrator Illustrated by Herbert Rasche
Seller ID 15833
(no dust jacket, as issued) [as new, tight and unread]. Reprint of a 1930 black-dialect novel (originally published by Wetzel Publishing Company of Los Angeles), described in an author's note as "the Satirical Reverie of an alert, close-observing, and almost entirely illiterate young Negro cook, who, after years of domestic service in the homes of the 'cultured' has commanded a parrot-like fluency of English that would do credit to many a high school graduate." He dismisses this as mere mimicry, however, further opining that "the shocking illiteracy of such Negroes soon becomes apparent to anyone who chooses to draw them out in intelligent debate." Classified as a Hollywood novel by bibliographer Anthony Slide, since the character's travels at one point land him in Tinseltown, "where he works as a cook to a movie mogul and is seduced by [a] screen siren"; this segment is relatively brief, however.
Racism Hollywood Fiction Cooks Negro Dialect