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The Sammy Davis, Jr. Reader

Life and Times of the Last Great American Hipster

The Sammy Davis, Jr. Reader( )
Editor: Early, Gerald
Introduction by: Early, Gerald
Author: Davis, Sammy
Read by: Davis, Sammy
ISBN:978-0-374-25383-7
Publication Date:Oct 2001
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $20.00
Book Description:

The life and times of the last great American hipster Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-90) rose from childhood stardom on the vaudeville stage to become one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and '60s (and the only black member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack). At the same time, he spent most of his career surrounded by controversy and ridicule--over his affairs with white film stars like Kim Novak and Jean Seberg; his 1960 marriage to Swedish actress May Britt; his...
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Author Biography
Davis, Sammy (Editor)
Cornell University graduate Gerald Early is an essayist and professor at Washington University.

Early was the director of African and Afro-American studies at Washington University and the director of the American Culture Studies Program. He was also named the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Arts and Sciences.

His essays have been included in Harpers, The New Republic, and Hungry Mind Review. His books include One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture, Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity and Ambivalence of Assimilation, and Body Language: Writers on Sport. Early received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his book The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Literature, Prizefighting, and Modern American Culture.

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