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The Impossible Man: Musings on Archives

The Impossible Man: Musings on Archives

Author Tracie Morris
Publisher Printed on Paige
Publication Date March 2019
Section African American Studies / Drama / Espresso Book Machine Books / Printed Here
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN X18495

This small book is a personal account of Tracie Morris’ development of her performance work-in-progress, The Impossible Man, about the legendary slavery-era African-American Shakespearean actor, Ira Aldridge. In this engaging essay, Morris, a experimental poet, scholar and performer discusses how her research of rare books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, and other archives, lead to her to the innovative staged theatrical production about Aldridge's legacy, and his daughter composer Amanda Aldridge (a.k.a. Montague Ring). 

This book was created for the work-in-progress presentation of The Impossible Man at Harvard’s Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. 

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If their was a star system this book would be five stars. On a numbers scale it is a ten plus. In a mere sixty pages, Ms. Morris takes on an epic journey. Said journey turns the old adage: one picture is worth a thousand words on it’s ear. Ms. Morris’s exhibits how the right words can paint a thousand pictures and generate ten thousand emotions.

Mr. Richard Wallace Byrd
March 21, 2019
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