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Bert Williams: A Biography of the Pioneer Black Comedian
Egbert "Bert" Williams is generally considered to be the greatest vaudeville comedian in American history. That he is mostly forgotten today, except by historians, is a pity. He died in 1922 after having made a very few films and so there is not a lot of photographic record of his genius. Eric Ledell Smith's book on Williams covers as much as is possible about someone who was rather private and whose biography was largely invented by the fan magaz...