Sweetback Style: Wallace Thurman and a Queer Harlem Renaissance

  title={Sweetback Style: Wallace Thurman and a Queer Harlem Renaissance},
  author={Stephen P. Knadler},
  journal={MFS Modern Fiction Studies},
  pages={899 - 936}
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