Passing as 'Anatole Broyard'
- 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')
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'.