A Devil and Good Woman Too by Susan Millar Williams
The Lives of Julia Peterkin

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A plantation mistress who vowed to "write what is, even if it is unpleasant", Julia Peterkin, at the age of 40, revolutionized American literature by writing seriously about the lives of plain black farming people on the Gullah coast of South Carolina. Her writing earned praise from the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and H.L. Mencken. This is the first full account of her life. 40 photos .

About Susan Millar Williams

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Williams is the executive director of the McClellanville Arts Council.
Published August 1, 1997 by University of Georgia Press. 392 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Williams doesn't sugarcoat this woman's complexities--Peterkin tended to blame others for her problems and was a plantation owner, not, as one elderly interviewee dryly noted, ""the great emancipator."" But Williams makes a convincing argument for her singularity as a woman and, more important, f...

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