Books: Negropings

THESE LOW GROUNDS—Waters Edward Turpin—Harper ($2.50).

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD— Zora Neale Hurston—Lippincott ($2).

U. S. Southerners are sure that, within the narrow limits they allow, they understand the Negro better than Northerners do. To Northerners the Negro is not a social problem but a minor, hardly noticeable industrial phenomenon. Nevertheless, even dyed-in-the-wool descendants of Lincoln's emancipators sometimes find it a socially embarrassing experience to encounter the emancipated Negro, whether in Harlem or between the covers of a book. Southerners would simply disregard the equalitarian gropings implicit in such novels as...

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