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Plowing, hog-killing, revival meetings, and conjure bags - evidence of a world dominated by hard work, religion, and magic - drive the plot of Julia Peterkin's powerful first novel, Black April, first published in 1927. In this book, the classic theme of a proud man confronting his own mortality and the tragic consequences of human desire are played out against the rituals of black country life. "The figure of Black April, the foreman of Blue Brook Plantation, who gives the book its title, is of the heroic, almost grandiose, mold of the legendary protagonists of fiction", the New York Times wrote in an early review.
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Julia Peterkin (1880-1961) was the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and, with photographer Doris Ulmann, a nonfiction collection of essays entitled "Roll, Jordan, Roll." She was the first South Carolinian to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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"The figure of Black April, the foreman of Blue Brook Plantation, who gives the book its title, is of the heroic, almost grandiose, mold of the legendary protagonists of fiction."--"New York Times" ""Black April's" vigorous simplicity makes it deserving of a place among the world's best folk-tales."--"The Nation" "[Black April is] the first genuine novel in English of the Negro as a human being."--Donald Davidson, founding editor Black April's vigorous simplicity makes it deserving of a place among the world's best folk-tales. --The Nation The figure of Black April, the foreman of Blue Brook Plantation, who gives the book its title, is of the heroic, almost grandiose, mold of the legendary protagonists of fiction. --New York Times [Black April is] the first genuine novel in English of the Negro as a human being. --Donald Davidson "founding editor " "Black April's" vigorous simplicity makes it deserving of a place among the world's best folk-tales.--"The Nation" The figure of Black April, the foreman of Blue Brook Plantation, who gives the book its title, is of the heroic, almost grandiose, mold of the legendary protagonists of fiction.--"New York Times" [Black April is] the first genuine novel in English of the Negro as a human being.--Donald Davidson "founding editor "

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