Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in
Pub Date: 04/06/2000
List Price: $28.95
Published originally on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision of 1954, Youngblood marked the beginning of a new era in African American literature, for it broke starkly with the Wright school and opened a path for those novelists, poets, and playwrights who comprised the Neo-Black Arts Movement-a movement that recognized John Oliver Killens as its spiritual father.
—Toni Cade Bambara
[Killens] has written a novel, timeless in evocations of the rights of humankind and unparalleled in its optimism concerning the human condition. Youngblood is a tremendous achievement.
It has the power of the author's passion. The novel of social protest . . . justifies itself when it is as moving as Youngblood and deals with so gross an evil.
—Granville Hicks, New York Times