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William Gardner Smith

William Gardner Smith (1927-1974) was a journalist, novelist, and editor who grew up in a black working-class neighborhood of South Philadelphia. He was drafted into the army in 1946 and discharged in 1947, spending most of his life after 1951 as an expatriate in Paris and on journalistic assignments in Ghana. His first novel, Last of the Conquerors, was published in 1948, followed by Anger at Innocence, South Street, The Stone Face, and Return to Black America.