The Book of Harlan Characters

Bernice L. McFadden
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Harlan Elliot

Harlan Elliot is the main character. Harlan was born in 1916 in Macon, Georgia to Sam and Emma Elliot. He was raised by his grandparents, Tenant and Louisa Robinson until his parents retrieved him from Macon to move with them to their new home in Harlem, New York City. By the time Harlan was 10, he was adjusted to his life in Harlem. He had a pleasant personality and was popular with the kids and liked by the adults. Emma, guilty for leaving Harlan as a baby, rarely disciplined his behavior and he learned to take advantage of his mother which had landed him in trouble.

Harlan showed interest in playing the guitar and his mother encourage his musical talent. He performed in some gigs around town and he went on tour with Lucille when he was 16 and was introduced to drinking, smoking weed and women. Harlan liked how...

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