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  • Stepin Fetchitby Mel Watkins

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    In the late 1920s and '30s Lincoln Perry, aka Stepin Fetchit, was both renowned and reviled for his surrealistic portrayals of the era?s most popular comic stereotype?the lazy, shiftless Negro. Perry was hailed by critic Robert Benchley as ?the best actor that the talking movies have produced,? and Mel Watkins?s meticulously researched and sensitive... more...

  • On the Real Sideby Mel Watkins

    Chicago Review Press 1999; US$ 21.99

    This comprehensive history of black humor sets it in the context of American popular culture. Blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos ?n? Andy show presented a distorted picture of African Americans; this book contrasts this image with the authentic underground humor of African Americans found in folktales, race records, and all-black shows... more...

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