Best of Simple by Langston Hughes

"Best of Simple" is a collection of tales featuring the character Jesse B. Semple, or "Simple", who shares humorous and insightful commentary on the African American experience in the United States. The stories, set in Harlem, explore themes of race, class, and identity through the lens of Simple's everyday life and interactions. The book is known for its witty dialogue, vivid characters, and its unflinching look at the realities of life for Black Americans in the mid-20th century.

The 3482nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 108

Since this book was first published in 1961, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 108.0.

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