Kingsblood Royal

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Apr 10, 2001 - Fiction - 352 pages
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Jthierer - LibraryThing

When people are promoting books about anti-racism, I hope this one starts to get more attention. Even though it is set in the 1940s, it is still highly relevant to today. The story centers around Neil ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - broccolima - LibraryThing

This both amusing and infuriating. Amusing because of Lewis's humorously ironic storytelling, and infuriating because of the injustices suffered by some of the characters in the book. Of ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Charles Johnson's many books include Middle Passage, which won the 1990 National Book Award. He lives in Seattle.

Bibliographic information