In a 1937 essay, a prominent American novelist attacked black writers who, in his opinion, were too subservient to white standards. "They entered the Court of American Public Opinion dressed in the kneepants of servility, curtsying to show that the Negro was not inferior, that he was human, and that he led a life comparable to that of other people. For the most part these artistic ambassadors were received as though they were French poodles who did clever tricks." Name the author of these stinging words.

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Answer to Book Bag #591: The second cousins who authored the novel about Anglo-Irish society that so captivated Elizabeth Bowen were Edith Somerville and Martin Ross. The novel is "The Real Charlotte" (1894).

Winner: Yoma Ullman, Washington.