Dancing In The Dark

By: Caryl Phillips

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'The funniest man I ever saw, and the saddest man I ever knew.' This is how W.C. Fields described Bert Williams, the highest-paid entertainer in America in his heyday and someone who counted the King of England and Buster Keaton among his fans. Born in the Bahamas, he moved to California with his family. Too poor to attend Stanford University, he took to life on the stage with his friend George Walker. Together they played lumber camps and mining towns until they eventually made the agonising decision to 'play the coon'. Off-stage, Williams was a tall, light-skinned man with marked poise and dignity; on-stage he now became a shuffling, inept 'nigger' who wore blackface make-up. As the new century dawned they were headlining on Broadway. But the mask was beginning to overwhelm Williams and he sank into bouts of melancholia and heavy drinking, unable to escape the blackface his public demanded. 209 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9780099488873. Inventory No: 001932. Paperback

Title: Dancing In The Dark

Author Name: Caryl Phillips

Categories: Fiction,

Publisher: Great Britain, Vintage: 1984

ISBN Number: 0099488876

ISBN Number 13: 9780099488873

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Very Good Condition

Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Seller ID: 001932

Keywords: BZDB43 Fiction Fiction; Fiction; Dancing In The Dark Caryl Phillips Paperback,