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THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes.

Dove, Rita

ISBN 10: 0934257744 / ISBN 13: 9780934257749
Published by Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1994., 1994
Soft cover
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SIGNED first edition - First printing, a trade paperback original, issued simultaneously with a limited signed hardcover. A classical tragedy, in blank verse, based the story of Oedipus, but set on a plantation in antebellum South Carolina. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1999. Illustrated by Mark Wooley. One of only 4,000 copies in wrappers out of a total edition of 4276. Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers, as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 15656

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Publisher: Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1994.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Darker Face of the Earth, a play by the poet laureate of the United States, creates a human drama of classical proportions. Behind the facade of antebellum Southern plantation life unfolds a mysterious tale of interracial love and strife, guilt and suffering, as both slave and master struggle against a fate that threatens to eclipse them altogether.

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In this serio-comic first play, Pulitzer Prize winner and current U.S. poet laureate Dove ( Thomas and Beulah ) takes us into the fascinating world of antebellum South Carolina. In presenting Amalia, a rich white woman who gives birth to a slave's child, she combines elements from Judaism and Christianity, highlighting parallels between the biblical book of Exodus and the flight from slavery to freedom. In the defiant, proud Augustus, the infant placed in a sewing basket and carried off, Dove creates a Moses figure, supposed leader of his people, who fails at the last moment. Amalia's husband isolates himself in his shame, handing over control of the slaves to his wife while he looks to the stars for wisdom (as per the wise men at the birth of Jesus). Tidbits of interesting trivia unfamiliar to many readers abound: we learn that slaves given Sundays off fell into two categories, players and prayers. At times unconvincing (Amalia not only gives birth to the slave child, she insists upon a slave woman as midwife), at times too contrived (Augustus's genealogy hinted at and explained through chance meetings), this is nevertheless a worthwhile contribution to African American culture and literature.
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