Coffee Cream

By: Overstreet, Carolyn

Price: $55.00

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(no dust jacket) [solid attractive copy, illustrated dark blue cloth; slight fraying to cloth at top rear hinge, faint dust-darkening to top edge; "Vanguard Films, Inc." stamped on ffep and title page, label from Myron Selznick & Company agency also on ffep]. Hard-to-find novel of the South in the early 20th century, focused on social and interracial relationships. The title, in the words of one character, refers to the "second layer" of Southern (white) folks: "They' re veneer. My father called them coffee cream. You know, just under the thick, rich top cream. The South is full of them. Proud, boastful, gallant,good enough fellows, but not top cream. They are the ones who travel East and North and make fools of themselves about niggers. They resent the top layer more than they do the Republicans." Many of the novel's characters are African-Americans, and the book is chock-full of "negro dialect," e.g.:"Yo' paw ain' paid me since Mis' Jenny lef'. Seem lak I cain' git no money out'n Ole Boss lessen he be drunk." [The presence of the noted stamps and labels suggests that the novel was being considered for production at one time by David O. Selznick (Vanguard Films, Inc. was his company).]

Title: Coffee Cream

Author: Overstreet, Carolyn

Categories: Fiction: Vintage,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1942

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 8022

Keywords: The South African American Racism David O. Selznick Negro Dialect