Love Story Black and the Third Plane Novel

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Focusing on Love Story Black, William Demby's 1978 novel, this article considers how it can be classified as part of what Pancho Savery calls the "Third Plane." Given that Demby's first novel Beetlecreek was published in 1950, while the other Third Plane artists' major works were first published in the late 1960s/early 1970s, Demby is not normally included in this group. Ultimately, I argue that Love Story Black shares many important features with other Third Plane books and should be counted among them, allowing for a reconsideration of Demby's later work as more contemporary and influential than has previously been recognized.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-189
JournalAfrican American Review
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


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