The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim

Author: Robert Beck

Year: 1971

Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim - Robert Beck

Synopsis: A series of essays and musings from one of the greatest urban writers of all time.


Notes: It took me awhile, but I was finally able to get to a book by the man whom I consider the “Godfather of Blaxploitation Paperbacks”. The ironic thing is that this one isn’t actually a fiction novel, but instead a collection of writings Beck wrote in his post-Iceberg Slim state.

This book shows just how amazing a writer Beck was as it contains aspects of the urban experience he was known for writing about, but the social commentary that he expounds is still poignant and relevant today.

I also highly laud this book for exposing me to several individuals who were important (but somewhat forgotten) in the lexicon of Black history including:

  • Melvin X
  • James Farmer
  • Leonard Deadwyler
  • Ethel Waters
  • Arthur Prysock

Other Covers:

2nd printing of Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim

2nd printing


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