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The Darker Face of the Earth: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes Paperback – 31 Dec 1994

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Retells the story of Oedipus set on a plantation in antebellum South Carolina.

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The Darker Face of the Earth 21 Jun 2000
By Kenneth Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rita Dove's poetry permeates this remarkable new play which uses the Oedipal myth as a structural device as well as a means to enter the world of human slavery as practiced in South Carolina circa 1829-1840. Central to the story is the unusual and compelling relationship between the plantation owner, Amalia Jennings, and her newly acquired revolutionary slave, Augustus Newcastle. Unlike the other slaves who collectively function as the Greek chorus, Augustus can read and write, thus making him not only dangerous but attractive to the high spirited Amalia. Greek mythology aside, THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH is a challenging play not only for the reader but for potential producers. But it is well worth the challenge. It is rare that depictions of the conditions of slavery are revealed by 1) an African American, 2) a woman, 3) a poet, and 4) a master storyteller.
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