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Black Like Me is the tale of writer Griffin ''s adventure of passing as a ''Negro'' within the Deep South in 1 961. Bonazzi appears to be like on the guy and his motivation during this bio -critical examine, which displays at the enduring importance of this contemporary vintage. '

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It did not sell and it was not banned. Sales topped out at eighty-five hundred cloth copies and it was never issued in England or reprinted a s a paperback. Its one translation was into German, but the French and Dutch publishers of the first novel did not bring out his second. The book disappeared around the same time that the controversy over the "pornographic nature" of the first novel, banned by several Catholic organizations, was being adjudicated by the Supreme Court of the United States.

One bag contained clothes and the other was filled with various toilet items, a second pair of shoes, two spiral notebooks, and a batch of ballpoint pens. Then h e went about the apartment, turning off all the lights. He waited a few seconds while his eyes adjusted to the dark. Entering the bathroom, Griffin stood in the darkness before the mirror. The moment had arrived to witness the end result of his disguise. He hesitated and took a deep breath. With hand poised on the light switch h e forced himself t o flip it on.

The stone dwelling had once been the slave quarters of an old plantation, remodeled and modernized during the 1950s. Griffin did not mention his connection t o the Levys or the history of the site in the book, but the irony of transforming himself into a black man in the very place where slaves once lived and died was not lost on the author. Later that afternoon, a cold front reached New Orleans, which made his final treatments under the sun lamp more bearable. Also, he received a visit from Harold Levy, who was checking in on him after an absence of several days.

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