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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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After years of struggling for success, Bert Williams 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." This brilliantly written novel is unblinking in its attention to the sinister compromises that make up an identity.

About the Author

Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts, West Indies. Brought up in England, he has written for television, radio, theater, and film. He is the author of three books of nonfiction and seven previous novels. His last novel, A Distant Shore, won the 2004 Commonwealth Prize. His awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Phillips lives in New York City.

Caryl Phillipss The Final Passage, A State of Independence, The European Tribe, Higher Ground, Cambridge, Crossing the River, The Nature of Blood, The Atlantic Sound, A New World Order, and A Distant Shore are available in Vintage paperback.

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whiteowl1, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by whiteowl1)
This is a deeply felt, evocative and partly imagined tale of the life of an actual extraordinary man: the first black Broadway star performer and the highest paid entertainer of his time, black or white. It is simply told and full of complex, rich subtlety, tragedy and triumph, an American story of an outsider who achieves enormous success as a stage star, yet remains marginalized and victimized by the virulent racism of his time. The writing contains no pathos or false sentiment, only affective truth, effectively expressed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079834
Author:
Phillips, Caryl
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Blackface entertainers.
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Comedians -- United States.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98x5.32x.58 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , After years of struggling for success, Bert Williams 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." This brilliantly written novel is unblinking in its attention to the sinister compromises that make up an identity.

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