Re: RARA-AVIS: A (possibly but hopefully not too) offensive question

Robert E. Skinner (
Mon, 11 Jan 1999 10:48:01 -0600 wrote:
< One thing I find particular striking is his
constant use of the term "mother-raper" as in "this stupid mother-raper"
or "this mother-raping so-and-so". . .Was this particular term
idiosyncratic to Himes? Did it have to do with publishing standards of
the day? >

It may have something to do with "decency standards" of the time, but
some of us think it came out "mother raper" because Himes's book were
originally published in France, then re-translated into English for the
American market.

Robert E. Skinner, Director
Xavier University of Louisiana Library
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New Orleans, LA 70125
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