Bigger and Blacker


Octavus Roy Cohen (1891-1959) was a journalist and prolific author of fiction who published more than 60 novels and short-story collections, five plays, and 30 film scripts. He spent many years in Birmingham, Alabama, and his experiences inspired him to write 250 short stories centering on African American life in the 1910s.

Writing from a white man's perspective, however, Cohen's Birmingham stories contain racially biased stereotypes, humor, and language that drew criticism even at the time they were published.

This vintage first edition of Cohen's collection of short stories is bound in brown cloth boards, with black lettering and decorations. Some cover soil; owner's name on endpapers; inner pages clean. Contains eight short stories set among the black residents of Birmingham, Alabama in the early 20th century. 313 pages; approx. 5"x8".



  • Bigger and Blacker
  • Octavus Roy Cohen
  • Little, Brown & Co., 1925
  • First edition