Holiday, by Waldo Frank
Introduction by Kathleen Pfeiffer
Waldo Frank’s 1923 novel “Holiday” is the compelling account of a Southern lynching presented through a white author’s modernist, experimental style. Written by a white, middle class Jewish northerner educated at Yale posing as a black man while traveling with Jean Toomer.
Holiday offers a lively introduction to one of America’s most important forgotten authors. As Kathleen Pfeiffer’s introduction suggests, Frank’s novel also sheds needed light on one of the greatest mysteries of the Harlem Renaissance: the genesis of Jean Toomer’s classic Cane.
-– William J. Maxwell, author of New Negro, Old Left and editor of Claude McKay’s Complete Poems