Mandingo is a novel by Kyle Onstott, published in 1957. The book is set in the 1830s in the antebellum South primarily around Falconhurst, a fictional plantation in Alabama owned by the planter Warren Maxwell. The narrative centers on Maxwell, his son Hammond, and the Mandingo (or Mandinka) slave Ganymede, or Mede. It is a tale of cruelty toward the blacks of that time, detailing vicious fights, poisoning, and violent death. The development of the Mandinka slave in the novel into the "Mandingo" stereotype later used by Tarantino is part of the 1975 film.
A play based on the book and written by Jack Kirkland opened at the Lyceum Theater in New York in May, 1961, with Franchot Tone and Dennis Hopper in the cast; it ran for only eight performances. The book and play were the basis for the 1975 film Mandingo.
- Tim A. Ryan, Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery since Gone with the Wind. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008.
- Daniel Bernardi The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary ...- 2013 "For the purposes of breeding chattel, he must also buy a “Mandingo” buck, a male slave. In the film, a “Mandingo” represents the finest stock of slaves deemed most suitable for fighting and breeding."
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