Caryl Phillips Dancing In The Dark

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Dancing In The Dark

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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.

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"It is a lovely novel, psychologically astute and rich in period detail, and the best thing Caryl Phillips has written - Max Davidson, Sunday Telegraph"

"This is a tragic story with not a word wasted, raised to an elegiac level by Phillips's supple, controlled prose" ( Sunday Independent)

"A subtle and poignant novel... A fine and beautifully nuanced performance" ( Sunday Times)

"A compassionate portrait of an enigmatic figure... Written with Phillips's trademark understated elegance" ( The Times)

"Phillips has brilliantly resurrected a bitter-sweet life... Without a doubt Phillips' most accomplished novel" ( Time Out)

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A brilliant and affecting novel based on the tragic life of a hero of American entertainment.

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