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Tue, 19 May 1992 16:00:00 EST
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As to Robeson:
See, in addition to Dyer's essay in his _Heavenly Bodies_
(already referred on this list):
1. Robeson's autobiography, _Here I Stand_ (Beacon Press, 1970).
2. Martin Bauml Duberman's massive _Paul Robeson: A Biography_
(NY: Ballantine, 1989).
3. (the last chapter of) Alan Pomerance's _Repeal of the Blues:
How Black Entertainers Influenced Civil Rights_ (NY: Citadel
Press, 1988).
4. Susan Robeson's (his daughter) _The Whole World in His Hands:
A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson_ (NY: Citadel, 1981).
5. Shirley Graham's _Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World_ (Negro
University Press, 1971).
6. _Robeson Speaks--Writings, Speeches, Interviews 1918-1974, ed.
Phillip S. Foner (Brunner Mazel, 1978).
Following is a (probably incomplete) list of Paul Robeson movies,
many of which are available on video at reasonable prices from
Alternative Videos
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Dallas TX 75227
Made by U.S. Independents:
_Body and Soul_ (Oscar Micheaux, silent, 1924)
     Robeson's first film; he plays two characters.
_Borderline_ (1930)
     An avant-garde film, Dyer refers to it in his essay; also
     stars Robeson's wife Eslanda.
_The Emperor Jones_ (Dudley Murphy, 1933)
_Showboat_ (1936)
_Sanders of the River_ (with Nina Mae McKinney, 1935, as
_Song of Freedom_ (1936)
_King Solomon's Mines_ (1937, as "Umbopa")
_Jericho_ (a.k.a. _Dark Sands_, 1937)
_Big Fella_ (1938, also with wife Eslanda)
_The Proud Valley_ (1940; PR's personal "favorite")
"Hollywood" again:
_Tales of Manhattan_ (1942, with Ethel Waters) Generally
     considered a disaster; he even denounced it and led protests
     against it upon its release)
_Native Land_ (1947, he does narration only)
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