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DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and the World of "Porgy and Bess"

By James M. Hutchisson, William Baer (Editor)

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, March 2000
ISBN: 9781578062508
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
Mainly known today as the author of Porgy, Heyward was a versatile artist equally at ease with verse, short fiction, novels, plays, and Hollywood screenwriting. He and his wife Dorothy helped to energize the nascent black theater movement in New York. A cofounder of the Poetry Society of South Caroline, the first regional poetry circle in America, Heyward became a vigorous promoter of southern writing that was to peak in the great southern literary renaissance. Pulled by tradition into a way of life he did not completely accept, he developed a growing social conscience through writing. He began as a social conservative but ended his life as a staunch progressive committed to the advancement of African Americans.
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