The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger

by Cecil Brown. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.50. In an implausible spasm of virtue, Mr. Brown’s girl-chasing black hero yearns to write a serious book but doubts that he will be permitted to do so because, he laments, “All the publishers are interested in selling books and if you say something about sex and being a nigger then you got a bestseller.” Mr. Brown himself has put a lot of faith and imitative writing on the truth of this proposition.

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