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Platitudes (Northeastern Library of Black Literature) Paperback – October 2, 2003
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Now as an adult I see Platitudes is a good, but uneven book. But I give credit where credit is due. Ellis helped me develop my own style and that has to mean something.
vernacular commonly associated with African-American literature.
The evolution(s) of Earle and Dorothy provide a touching look
at the "forgotten" black youth. The characters are not the
progeny of sharecroppers or transplanted islanders, they are
simply part of middle class Black America. The hilarious
contrast between the writers blocked Dewayne and militant
feminist Ishee Iyam provides a valuable look into the past and
future of African-American literature. A must read for anyone
who is tired of reading the same old slave autobiographies.
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I find this novel has not aged well. While Trey Ellis is trying to poke fun at the contrived nature of Black literary politics from the mid-1980s, he ends up presenting a very... Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by E. Petersen
I remember being in college when I first encountered this book. Being a Black student at Boston U., works by Black authors was a rare treat that was devoured upon contact. Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by M. Peters