Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis (Bantam 705 – 1949)

Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis (2nd printing)

Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis (2nd printing)

A neglected tour de force by the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Kingsblood Royal is a stirring and wickedly funny portrait of a man who resigns from the white race. When Neil Kingsblood a typical middle-American banker with a comfortable life makes the shocking discovery that he has African-American blood, the odyssey that ensues creates an unforgettable portrayal of two Americas, one black, one white.

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Title: Kingsblood Royal
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Imprint & Number: Bantam 705
Cover price: none
Publication date: 1949
Cover artist: James Avati
ISBN: none

This novel has an interesting history and stirred up a bit of trouble when originally released (1947) because of its subject matter. I’m sure the book drew more attention than one by another author might have as Lewis was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature 17 years earlier.

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