Black no more Being an account of the strange and wonderful workings of science in the Land of the Free, A.D. 1933-1940

George S. 1895-1977 Schuyler

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Max Disher, a black 1930s insurance salesman, undergoes a procedure to turn him white, but discovers that white society is not what he thought it would be.

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Published
Mineola, New York : Dover 2011.
Edition
First Dover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Macaulay Co., 1931.
Physical Description
vi, 151 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780486480404
0486480402
Main Author
George S. 1895-1977 Schuyler (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

According to Max Disher, an ambitious young black man in 1930s New York, someone of his race has only three alternatives: "Get out, get white, or get along." Incapable of getting out and unhappy with getting along, Max leaps at the remaining possibility. Thanks to a certain Dr. Junius Crookman and his mysterious process, Max and other eager clients develop bleached skin that permits them to enter previously forbidden territory. What they discover in white society, however, gives them second thoughts.This humorous work of speculative fiction was written by an unsung hero of African-American literature. George S. Schuyler (1895-1977) wrote for black America's most influential newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier, in addition to H. L. Mencken's The American Mercury, The Nation, and other publications. His biting satire not only debunks the myths of white supremacy and racial purity but also lampoons prominent leaders of the NAACP and the Harlem Renaissance. More than a historical curiosity, Schuyler's 1931 novel offers a hilarious take on the hypocrisy and demagoguery surrounding America's obsession with skin color.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A satirical approach to debunking the myths of white supremacy and racial purity, this 1931 novel recounts the consequences of a mysterious scientific process that transforms black people into whites.