T(homas) S(igismund) Stribling

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

T(homas) S(igismund) Stribling 1881–1965

American novelist.

Stribling wrote during the early decades of the twentieth century. His importance derives from his early sympathetic portrayals of Negroes in the post-Civil War South. The sociological realism of his fiction provides a severe critique of the narrow-minded morality of the South at that time and contrasts sharply with the romantic idealism of the Agrarians. To present his historical panoramas Stribling relied on heavily contrived plots, thereby weakening his characterizations. Later critics especially protested his negative stereotyping of blacks. Stribling won the 1933 Pulitzer Prize for The Store, the second novel in his Vaiden Trilogy.

(See also Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 9.)