Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith (1897–1966) was an American writer and social critic, best known for her novel 'Strange Fruit' (1944), which dealt with the then-taboo subject of interracial romance. She was an outspoken advocate for civil rights and racial equality, and her work often explored the complexities of life in the South, including the oppressive nature of segregation and the struggle for social justice.


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  1. 1. Strange Fruit

    "Strange Fruit" is a controversial novel set in the 1920s South, which explores the tragic consequences of a forbidden interracial relationship between a white man and a black woman. The narrative delves into the deeply ingrained racial prejudice, hypocrisy, and societal norms of the era, leading to a tragic end for the couple. The book is a powerful indictment of racism and a plea for understanding and change.

    The 1761st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Killers of the Dream

    "Killers of the Dream" is a non-fiction book that examines the roots of racism in the American South, particularly in the author's home state of Georgia. The author argues that segregation is not only harmful to black people, but also to whites, as it distorts their view of reality and their own humanity. The book explores the psychological, social, and cultural effects of racism, and calls for an end to racial discrimination and segregation.

    The 3457th Greatest Book of All Time