Books: Makin' Free

KINGDOM COMING—Roark Bradford— Harper ($2.50). Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun (from which Marc Connelly shaped his 1930 Pulitzer Prize play, The Green Pastures) effectively pigeonholed Roark Bradford as a writer of humorous Negro dialog. But Author Bradford, not content with his niche, has made manful attempts to emerge. This Side of Jordan, a serious novel, was a far cry from Ol' Man Adam; most readers found it sordid and sinister. John Henry was a little consciously folk-tale-ish. But now, in Kingdom Coming, Author Bradford has turned the trick: neatly sidestepping the...

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