Books: White Fog

UNCLE TOM'S CHILDREN — Richard Wright—Harper ($2.50).

The U. S. has never had a first-rate Negro novelist. Last week the promise of one appeared. Uncle Tom's Children, the first book of a 29-year-old, Mississippi-born Negro, won a $500 prize from Story Magazine as the best creative work done by any of the 1,200 writers on the Federal Writers' Project.

Unlike most Negro writers, Wright is neither subjective nor sentimental. A few readers will find misleading resemblances to John Steinbeck. But a closer comparison is with Stephen Crane. Like Crane, who wrote his Civil...

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