A Beautiful Pageant by David Krasner
African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910-1927

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The Harlem Renaissance, from 1910 to 1927, was the time when Harlem came alive with theater, drama, sports, dance, and politics. Looking at events as diverse as the prizefight between Jack Johnson and Jim “White Hope” Jeffries, the choreography of Aida Walker and Ethel Waters, the writing of Zora Neale Hurston and the musicals of the period, Krasner paints a vibrant portrait of those years. This was the time when the residents of northern Manhattan were leading their downtown counterparts at the vanguard of artistic ferment while at the same time playing a pivotal role in the evolution of Black Nationalism. This is a thrilling piece of work, a classic destined to become the standard work on the Harlem Renaissance for years to come.

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David Krasner is Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Resistance, Parody and Double Consciousness in African American Theater, 1895–1910, and editor of Method Acting Reconsidered: Theory, Practice, Future.
Published August 24, 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The book concludes with a section on the events of the late 1910s to 1927—a span encompassing Marcus Garvey's historic parade, a reconsideration of Charles Gilpin's performance in Emperor Jones, an account of the rise of the Black Little Theater Movement and a treatment of the musical Shuffle Alo...

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