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Wallace Henry Thurman (August 16, 1902 – December 22, 1934) was an American novelist active during the Harlem Renaissance. He also wrote essays, worked as an editor, and was a publisher of short-lived newspapers and literary journals. He is best known for his novel ''The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life'' (1929), which explores discrimination within the black community based on skin color, with lighter skin being more highly valued.