Books: But Both Black

SCARLET SISTER MARY—Julia Peterkin—Bobbs Merrill ($2.50).

BLACK SADIE—T. Bowyer Campbell—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

Black Sadie is a common cornfield nigger raised to trusted though untrustworthy house servant, and by chance transported to "Easter Orange," N. J. There a wealthy, ridiculous patroness of the new art "discovers" her; it seems that Sadie's angular primitive skull is "the focus of the geometry." Cubism is at its height; the Negro fad starts its blatant vogue with a nude of Black Sadie. From popular artists' model, Sadie proceeds to nightclub fame ending abruptly with a row, murder, discreet fadeaway....

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