Anatole Paul Broyard (July 16, 1920 – October 11, 1990) was an American writer, literary critic and editor for The New York Times. In addition to his many reviews and columns, he published short stories, essays and two books during his lifetime. His autobiographical works, Intoxicated by My Illness (1992) and Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (1993), were published after his death.
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... connected the central character of Coleman Silk to the life of Anatole Broyard, a well-known New York literary editor of the Times ... After Broyard's death in 1990, it had been revealed that he racially passed during his many years employed as a critic at The New York Times ... In 2008, Roth stated in an interview that he had not known of Broyard's ancestry when he started writing the book and had only learned of it months later ...
... In 1996, six years after Broyard's death, Henry Louis Gates criticized Broyard for concealing his African-American ancestry in a profile entitled "White Like Me ... He expanded on this in "The Passing of Anatole Broyard", an essay published the next year in his Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man (1997) ... Gates felt that Broyard had deceived friends and family by "passing" as white, but also understood his literary ambition ...
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“Travel is like adultery: one is always tempted to be unfaithful to ones own country. To have imagination is inevitably to be dissatisfied with where you live. There is in men, as Peter Quennell said, a centrifugal tendency. In our wanderlust, we are lovers looking for consummation.”
—Anatole Broyard (19101990)