Anatole Broyard Anatole Broyard (July 16, 1920– October 11, 1990) was an American Literary Critic for The New York Times . In addition to his reviews and
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Anatole Broyard (July 16, 1920 October 11, 1990) was an American Literary Critic for 'The New York Times'.
In addition to his reviews and columns, he published several books during his lifetime, and his most autobiographical works, `Intoxicated by My Illness' and `Kafka Was the Rage', A Greenwich Village Memoir, were published after his death.
Interestingly, since his death Broyard's ethnicity has become a subject of discussion. Broyard was born in New Orleans to parents who were both classified as being part of and also raised in a working-class 'Colored' community.
During most of his life, Broyard himself was reluctant to discuss his Ethnic background; did not 'identify' himself as a racial-minority of any type; and generally allowed people to simply draw their own conclusions in regards to his full Ethnic heritage ... based largely on his features.
As a result, he was said to have "passed" (as being someone whose lineage fit the United States definition of being mono-racially `White')
Broyard and the full details surrounding his Ethnic background were author, Philip Roth's inspiration for the character of 'Coleman Silk' in the novel `The Human Stain'.