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David (Henry) Bradley, Jr. 1950–

Black American novelist.

In his first novel, South Street, Bradley employs a Zola-like naturalism to depict street life in Philadelphia. His second novel, The Chaneysville Incident, is based on a mysterious historical legend involving the underground railroad for slaves. Many critics praised Bradley for the risks he took to produce a work which is more than a standard historical novel.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vol. 104.)