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DuBose Heyward

Dubose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward

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Edwin DuBose Heyward was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1885.  As a young man he worked on the Charleston waterfront where he became fascinated with the Gullah culture,  which provided the background for much of his work,  including his first novel, Porgy (1925). Heyward's other novels include Angel (1926), Mamba's Daughters (1929), Peter Ashley (1932), Lost Morning (1936), and Star Spangled Virgin (1939). With his wife, Dorothy Heyward, he wrote a dramatization of his novel Porgy, which was made into the folk opera Porgy and Bess (1935) by the American composer George Gershwin. 
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