"Styron's Nat Turner provoked a firestorm of controversy, relying on the Old South's bugaboo, the black male intent on white female flesh. Styron, descendent of plantation owners and James Baldwin's friend, said he based Nat on Baldwin. Ha ha."
"This potboiler was made into a tear-jerking movie. The plot revolves around "the good Negro Mammy" whose daughter looks white and the callous daughter who leaves her family behind to cross the racial divide."
"Richard Wright, for a while a Communist, and then just an angry black American, pours plenty of bile and angst into his writing. His memoir of growing up poor and black in racism America is riveting."
"The Color Purple gorgeously and movingly pulls you through its pages until you land at the end where the most improbable conclusion in all of fine literature jettisons you out--unless you're terminally positive."
"Forgiving this novel its reliance on a central white character to sell black people--and perhaps to sell black people a la Harriet Beecher Stowe's sentimental Manichean portraits--this is a touching novel. Sigh."