Stepin Fetchit: The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 14, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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 biography reveals the paradoxes of this pioneering actor’s life, from Perry’s tremendous popularity to his money troubles and rowdy offscreen antics. As later generations come to recognize Perry’s prodigious talent and achievements, in Stepin Fetchit, Mel Watkins brilliantly and definitively illuminates the life and times of a legendary figure in American entertainment.
 

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A deeply sympathetic biography of the cinema and stage figure whose persona of "Stepin' Fetchit" has proven controversial and divisive over many decades; as the author quite rightly points out, the ... Read full review

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Stepin Fetchit (n Lincoln Perry in 1902) was arguably our first black movie star, with credits in films like Judge Priest . Rising from the obscurity of carnivals and sideshows, he perfected his comic ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
3
Section 3
8
Section 4
17
Section 5
29
Section 6
41
Section 7
52
Section 8
69
Section 12
148
Section 13
148
Section 14
156
Section 15
170
Section 16
187
Section 17
206
Section 18
221
Section 19
238

Section 9
94
Section 10
122
Section 11
142
Section 20
256
Section 21
278
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Mel Watkins, a former editor and writer for The New York Times Book Review, is the author of Dancing with Strangers, a Literary Guild Selection, and of the highly acclaimed On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy. He lives in New York City.

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