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Introducing Bert Williams

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According to critics of his time, Bert Williams was the Greatest Comedian on the American Stage." A black Bahamian immigrant, Will... Weiterlesen
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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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Camille F. Forbes, historian, critic, and performer, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.



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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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Titel: Introducing Bert Williams
Untertitel: Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America's First Black Star
Autor:
EAN: 9780465018116
ISBN: 978-0-465-01811-6
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Musik, Film & Theater
Anzahl Seiten: 416
Gewicht: g
Größe: H235mm x B159mm
Jahr: 2010

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