Earth-born; a novel of the plantation

By: Snyder, Howard

Price: $100.00

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Book Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[ex-rental library book, label on front pastedown but otherwise unmarked as such, light shelfwear, faint soiling to edges of text block; jacket age-browned and edgeworn, a bit of shallow chipping along bottom edge, some paper loss at both ends of spine and a couple of corners, tiny piece missing from middle of rear hinge, light staining at bottom of rear panel]. A novel that "takes us among the daily rounds of plantation negro life," by yet another of those authors (they were seemingly all over the place in the 1920s) who "understands the plantation negro as few white men have ever done." The dialect-dialogue is, as usual, awkwardly rendered -- "You's sho some crazy gal, Lindy, to git yo'se'f 'gaged to dat old parson. Sho must like to hoe cotton an' nuss chilluns." That sort of thing. -- and the jacket-blurb writers pulled out all the stops in emphasizing the story's "scenes of sinful love, barbaric revelry, and ecstatic religious fervor," not to mention the "crude joys, dark superstitions, primitive cruelties, and weird tragedies." (Pejorative-adjective much?) The author seems to have been a bit of a wunderkind: the Library of Congress has him born in 1909, which would have made him only twenty when this book was published, and only eighteen at the time his first novel, "Dirt Roads," appeared in 1927. Those would appear to have been his only two published books -- but intriguingly I've uncovered another Howard Snyder, also born in 1909, who was one of Jack Benny's writers for many years, and who was killed in a car accident in 1963. Same guy? Only further research will tell.

Title: Earth-born; a novel of the plantation

Author: Snyder, Howard

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj) Rutledge

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York/London, The Century Co.: (c.1929)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Good dj

Seller ID: 22136

Keywords: The South Plantation Life African American Dialect