He rescues her and leaves her in the care of two gentlemen, "Mister Charlie
" Dickens and Punch magazine cofounder Henry Mayhew, while he tracks down her attackers.
On Broadway, he appeared in Tony-nominated plays "Toys in the Attic" in 1960 and "Blues for Mister Charlie
" in 1964.
My image of the "burying" of Baldwin draws directly from the partially buried murdered black boy, Richard, who is based distantly on Emmett Till, lying in the ditch separating White Town and Black Town on the stage in Baldwin's 1964 play Blues for Mister Charlie
. I am suggesting that Baldwin has been ditched as well: not as a means of separating White and Black America, however, but as a means of enticing all America--through Lee's film--into market systems of individual entitlement and self-made men, which works against systemic analyses of the effects of a racist present-history.
Blues for Mister Charlie
Tragedy in three acts by James BALDWIN, produced and published in 1964.
He has also written plays, such as The Amen Corner (1955), Blues for Mister Charlie
(1964), and One Day, When I Was Lost (1973), a script based on The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
He expends considerably more time and space on Blues for Mister Charlie
, even though Baldwin does not enjoy a widespread reputation as an innovative and substantive dramatist.