Gallery view

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Title page of Playthings of the Night

Title page of Du Bois's essay on "American Negro drama."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Black man and the moon A dramatic phantasy

A clean-looking draft of the play, typed on onion skin, and including table of contents page and list of dramatis personae.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Seven-up A play in three acts

A third, uncorrected draft of this three-act play taking place in "a town in Georgia" and prepared for publication in "Playthings of the Night." See also mums312-b233-i060, i063 through i068).

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The all-mother

A full draft and prelude to this (later retitled) play. See also mums312-b233-i074 through i077; mums312-b235-i018.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The tabu of Christ on the Andes

A handwritten introduction to "Christ on the Andes" (ultimately renamed "The Christ of the Andes," explaining the play's themes and purposes.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Contents page of Playthings of the Night

Listing the ten components of Du Bois's "Playthings of the Night: An Essay Toward an American Negro Drama."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

From Miss Randolph

Note in Du Bois's script indicating a set of pages typed or delivered by secretary Jeanette Randolph.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Christ on the Andes a play in three acts [fragment]

A somewhat fragmented early draft of the play, with some chunks missing, and bearing many editorial and physical cut-and-paste revisions.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The tabu of Seven-up

Describing the purpose of "The Tabu of Seven-Up," an introduction to "Playthings of the Night," and noting its attempt to "deliberately fly and flout" the taboo therein addressed.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1931

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Beside the still waters [fragment]

Three loose pieces of a draft of this foreword to Playthings of the Night on "the relationship between the theatre and the American Negro." See also mums312-b233-i051.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers