Landmarks of black literature
Penguin Classics publishes new editions of novels from the Harlem Renaissance to mark Black History Month.
Black No More (Penguin Classics) by George S. Schuyler is a 1931 comic satire about what happens after a "Black-No-More" procedure is invented that allows black people to become white.
The Blacker the Berry ... (Penguin Classics) by Wallace Thurman, first published in 1929, broke ground with its story about a young woman dealing with prejudice within the African-American community because of her very dark skin.
Not Without Laughter (Penguin Classics) by acclaimed poet Langston Hughes is a 1930 debut novel, largely autobiographical, about a young boy growing up amid the racial divisions in rural Kansas.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor