Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America's First Black Star (First Trade Paper Edition)

Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America's First Black Star (First Trade Paper Edition)

By: Camille F. Forbes (author)Paperback

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According to critics of his time, Bert Williams was "the Greatest Comedian on the American Stage." A black Bahamian immigrant, Williams made his start as a barker advertising the rough-and-tumble "medicine shows" that dotted the Wild West at the end of the nineteenth century. Not long after joining a minstrel troupe and donning the burnt- cork makeup of blackface, he teamed up with African American George Walker in a sixteen-year partnership that would take them from rural western mining towns to the bright lights of Broadway. In Introducing Bert Williams, historian Camille Forbes reveals a fascinating figure, initiating the reader into the vivid world of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment. Williams's long and varied career is a whirlwind of drama, glamour, and ambition--nothing less than the birth of American show business.

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About Author

Camille F. Forbes, historian, critic, and performer, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

Contents

1 THE EARLY YEARS 1. Growing Up 2. An Unlikely Performer? 2 THE WILLIAMS AND WALKER YEARS 3. Big City, Bright Hopes 4. Rolling into Black Musical Theater 5. From Broadway to London: In Dahomey 6. First Class All the Way 3 BERT WILLIAMS--A SHOW IN HIMSELF 7. The End of an Era 8. Ziegfeld's Follies 9. Opportunity Knocks 10. War at Home and Abroad 11. Dance of Indecision 12. A Fresh Start 13. A "Legitimate" Star

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780465018116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780465018116
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0465018114
  • edition: First Trade Paper Edition

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