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Millen, Gilmore. SWEET MAN. New York: The Viking Press, 1930. Hardcover


3rd printing (same month as the first.) "The story of John Henry, the negro vagabond, son of a mulatto and a white man.. . . The pages of Sweet Man teem with elemental and csual passion, love, hate, murder, a horrible lynching, the racy life of old Beale Street, the sophisticated life of a decadent household in Hollywood." Part of a group of novels in the 1920's and 30's written by white writers - including Heyward and van Vechten (to whom this book is dedicated) which focused on the uneducated and poor blacks, and which were often written at least partially in dialect. That this novel - with its emphasis on interracial sex - was immediately popular is shown by the fact that it went through 3 printings in one month. 299 pp. From a lending library with the front flap of the dust jacket pasted on the front endpaper. Severely cocked spine, hinges cracked, rubbing to brown cloth covers. A reading copy only, .

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