Kingsblood Royal

Posted in Books, Media Archive, Novels, Passing, United States on 2019-04-01 21:43Z by Steven

Kingsblood Royal

Modern Library Classics (an imprint of Penguin Randomhouse)
2001-04-10 (originally published in 1947)
352 Pages
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback ISBN: 9780375756863

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)

Introduction by:
Charles Johnson, Professor Emeritus
University of Washington

A neglected tour de force by the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Kingsblood Royal is a stirring and wickedly funny portrait of a man who resigns from the white race. When Neil Kingsblood a typical middle-American banker with a comfortable life makes the shocking discovery that he has African-American blood, the odyssey that ensues creates an unforgettable portrayal of two Americas, one black, one white.

As timely as when it was first published in 1947, one need only open today’s newspaper to see the same issues passionately being discussed between blacks and whites that we find in Kingsblood Royal, says Charles Johnson. Perhaps only now can we fully appreciate Sinclair Lewis’s astonishing achievement.

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