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Julia Peterkin

(1880—1961)


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(1880–1961),

novelist of South Carolina, known for her sympathetic depiction of the region's Gullah blacks, whom she understood through long association with them as the wife of a plantation manager. The poignant characterizations of the daily lives and folklore of these tragic, isolated laborers are presented in the novels Black April (1927), Scarlet Sister Mary (1928, Pulitzer Prize), and Bright Skin (1932); a collection of sketches, Green Thursday (1924); and a descriptive narrative accompanying a book of photographs, Roll, Jordan, Roll (1933).

Subjects: Literature.


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