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  • Brown, Wesley.
    DARKTOWN STRUTTERS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    New York: Cane Hill Press, (1994.). First edition - The author's second novel (he has also written screenplays, edited anthologies) - from the back cover: 'The story of Jim Crow, a remarkable black dancer, born in slavery, who performs in minstrel shows, South & North, during the furious times of pre- & post-Civil War America. His experiences, onstage and off, are a mix of applause with mob violence, of love & loss, played against the grim laughter of a black nation within a nation finding its way to an ever-elusive promised freedom. Touching, harrowing, inspiring, this is a unique novel of pride and courage. Cover praise from Russell Banks, among others - he called this 'a scary book, and mordantly funny, too'. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-943433-118.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 30905
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  • RACECHANGES: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture. by Gubar, Susan.
    Gubar, Susan.
    RACECHANGES: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - A scholarly - and fascinating - exploration of the "legacy of minstrel shows - and of cross-racial impersonations - throughout modern American film, fiction, poetry, painting, photography, and journalism....[Gubar] discusses whites posing as blacks and blacks "passing" for white; blackface on white actors in The Jazz Singer, Birth of a Nation, and other movies, as well as on the faces of black stage entertainers; African-American use of racechange imagery during the Harlem Renaissance, including the poetry of Anne Spencer, the black-and-white prints of Richard Bruce Nugent, and the early work of Zora Neale Hurston; white poets and novelists from Vachel Lindsay and Gertrude Stein to John…

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    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - A scholarly - and fascinating - exploration of the "legacy of minstrel shows - and of cross-racial impersonations - throughout modern American film, fiction, poetry, painting, photography, and journalism....[Gubar] discusses whites posing as blacks and blacks "passing" for white; blackface on white actors in The Jazz Singer, Birth of a Nation, and other movies, as well as on the faces of black stage entertainers; African-American use of racechange imagery during the Harlem Renaissance, including the poetry of Anne Spencer, the black-and-white prints of Richard Bruce Nugent, and the early work of Zora Neale Hurston; white poets and novelists from Vachel Lindsay and Gertrude Stein to John Berryman and William Faulkner writing as if they were black.... hypersexualized stereotypes of black men" as well as issues like lynching, interracial children, and gay attitudes. Illustrated throughout with many photographs, including an insert of full color reproductions of paintings by Robert Colescott. Notes, list of works cited, index.xxiii, 327 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5110021.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 43015
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  • PIONEER SHOW FOLK. by McCall, Edith.
    McCall, Edith.
    PIONEER SHOW FOLK.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Childrens Press, (1963.). Hardcover first edition - A history of the traveling theater groups written for older children and illustrated with woodcuts by Carol Rogers. Includes the stories of Annie Oakley, Tom Rice and Ralph Keeler with their Minstrel shows, showboats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and more. A title in the Frontiers of America series. 128 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library but with only a few markings and otherwise tight and clean in green illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 55539
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