Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral

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Beacon Press, 1990 - Fiction - 379 pages
Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of its most prolific authors, Plum Bun is the story of Angela Murray, a young black girl from Philadelphia who discovers she can pass for white. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to escape the racism she believes is her only obstacle to opportunity. What she soon discovers is that being a woman has its own burdens that don't fade with the color of one's skin, and that love and marriage might not offer her salvation. "This novel was Fauset's call to the community to open itself to discussion and criticism and to aggressive intellectual pursuit of knowledge and experience. That call is just as necessary today. Plum Bun is a fine example of the hidden Harlem Renaissance—where the women were writers too."

—Marie Elsie St. Leger, Emerge "A fascinating glimpse of a now-vanished Harlem culture."

—Rosalind Warren, New Directions for Women

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

Written at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, this is one of those novels that isn't nearly as widely read as it should be. Fauset's novel is so readable as to often seem casual, but the heart of ... Read full review

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A novel about "passing" into white society - or really, out of black society. Interesting for its perspective. Boring as to its storytelling pespective. Read full review



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Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961) was literary editor of Crisis from 1919 to 1926. She is the author of four novels, including The Chinaberry Tree.

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