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Manuscripts of plays written by Du Bois arranged in two groups. The first Playthings of the Night, was intended for book publication in 1931, and contains introductory essays by Du Bois and various drafts of five plays. The second group, The Darker Wisdom, was intended for publication in 1940, and contains manuscripts of four of the five plays from Playthings, one with an altered title. The plays include The All Mother (later titled The Slave, the Serf, and the Blond Beast), Black Hercules at the Forks of the Road, Black Man, Christ on the Andes, and Seven Up. The series also includes an outline for The Prodigal Race, and unidentified fragment of a play or tale, and variant title pages or subtitles.

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English
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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers: Series 13. Plays, 1928-1940
2 linear feet

Call no.: MS 312

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Series 13. Plays
1928-1940


Du Bois, W. E. B., Playthings of the Night

Reel 87: 1547

Table of contents, foreword and an essay on the aMerican Negro theater as prepared for a proposed book of Du Bois' plays

Du Bois, W. E. B., Seven-Up

Reel 87: 1562

Manuscripts and "The Tabu of Seven-up," an introduction to the play

Du Bois, W. E. B., Black Hercules at the Forks of The Road

Reel 88: 1

Manuscript, fragments and The Tabu of Black Hercules," an introduction to the play

Du Bois, W. E. B., The All -Mother

Reel 88: 19

Manuscript, fragments and "The Tabu of All-Mother," an introduction to the play

Du Bois, W. E. B., Black Man/Black Man and the Moon

Reel 88: 123

Manuscripts, fragments and "The Tabu of Black Man," an introduction to the play

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Christ of the Andes/Christ on the Andes

Reel 88: 428

Manuscripts, fragments, "The Tabu of Christ on the Andes," an introduction to the play, explanation and partial summary of the play

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Darker Wisdom: Prophecies in Tale and Play, Seeking to Pierce the Gloom of 1940 / The Sorcery of Color: Trials in Tale and Rhythm to Pierce the Gloom of the Nineteen Forties -- A collection of four plays, including: Black Man/Black Man and the Mo

Reel 88: 646

Manuscripts, fragments and notes

Du Bois, W. E. B., The Prodigal Race

Reel 88: 917

Outline

Du Bois, W. E. B., Unidentified play or story

Reel 88: 921

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Provenance

Acquired from Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1973

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Cite as: W.E.B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.