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Literary Critic -- 'Anatole Broyard'

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    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





      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')


      INTERESTING NOTE:



      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'
      .


      RELATED LINK(S):



      http://web.princeton.edu/sites/english/NEH/GATES1.HTM
      http://www.robertfulford.com/Broyard.html
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