But while the author addressed the leopard's spots
and the elephant's trunk, he never explained the zebra's stripes.
The Leopard's Spots
: Essays on Language, Cognition and Culture
In ten essays, contributors re-charge and pay tribute to Griggs's nearly forgotten memory with such topics as Griggs and the borderlands of empire, imperium in imperia and Griggs, Hales and Griggs (men without a country), black class mobility, death and narrative in Griggs, social Darwinism and American imperialism, the origin of the science of efficiency in Griggs's Unfettered, "vile misrepresentations" in The Hindered Hand and The Leopard's Spots
, Chestnutt's and Griggs's last novels, Jim Crow and the practice of fiction, and perfecting the political romance.
But there is a significant twist - Frank used to be a top cat burglar, and since you can't change a leopard's spots
, he is inclined to return to his old ways, this time using the robot as back-up.
Writing during this period, Thomas Dixon, Jr., emerged as one of the most strident voices on the topic of race in America, and his novel, The Leopard's Spots
, sold over a million copies.
Dixon's Reconstruction trilogy (The Leopard's Spots
, The Clansman , and The Traitor, ) is easy to interpret as unintentionally bad Scott, with chivalric trappings, stilted dialogue, melodramatic reversals, and a predictable mix of romance and martial epic plots.
But unscrupulous whites such as Simon Legree (Stowe's villain reappears in The Leopard's Spots
as "master artificer of Reconstruction policy" , Wall Street millionaire, and evil industrialist) engineered policies that created interracial strife.
A leopard's spots
for example, an old dog's tricks, a tramp's underpants.
Rabidly anti-Black books such as The Negro a Beast, 1900; The Leopard's Spots
, 1902; and The Clansman, 1905, prepared the way for the Ku Klux Klan.
Griffith movie The Birth of a Nation (1915), based on two of Dixon's earliest novels, The Leopard's Spots
(1902) and The Clansman (1905).(4) Of course, The Birth of a Nation has its technical brilliance to justify its continued life despite its racist content.
From a zebra's stripes or a leopard's spots
to expanses of evenly spaced sand dunes, pattern formation is a common natural phenomenon.
His first novel was The Leopard's Spots
(1902); with The Clansman and The Traitor (1907), it forms a trilogy about the South during Reconstruction.