Dancing in the Dark

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Author(s): Caryl Phillips
Original Publish Date: Dec 18, 2007
Product Number: EB00170101
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307425430
Publisher: Vintage
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Description

In this searing novel, Caryl Phillips reimagines the life of the first black entertainer in the U.S. to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune.After years of struggling for success on the stage, Bert Williams (1874—1922), the child of recent immigrants from the Bahamas, made the radical decision to don blackface makeup and play the "coon." Behind this mask he became a Broadway headliner–as influential a comedian as Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and W. C. Fields, who called him "the funniest man I ever saw, and the saddest man I ever knew." It is this dichotomy at Williams' core that Phillips explores in this richly nuanced, brilliantly written novel, unblinking in its attention to the sinister compromises that make up an identity.

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CD
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Author(s): Caryl Phillips
Narrator(s): Dion Graham
Product Number CF172
Released: Apr 17, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419372124
eAudio
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Author(s): Caryl Phillips
Narrator(s): Dion Graham
Product Number Z0173
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449895297

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