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Black theater a 20th century collection of the work of its best playwrights.

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Published by Dodd, Mead in New York .
Written in English


  • American drama -- African American authors,
  • American drama -- 20th century,
  • African Americans -- Drama

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Edition Notes

StatementCompiled with an introd. by Lindsay Patterson.
ContributionsPatterson, Lindsay, 1942-
LC ClassificationsPS628.N4 P3
The Physical Object
Paginationix, 493 p.
Number of Pages493
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5220311M
ISBN 100396062547
LC Control Number75135538

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