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Heyward, DuBose

DuBose Heyward (dəbōz´ hā´wərd), 1885–1940, American author, b. Charleston, S.C. His first published work was a volume of poetry, Carolina Chansons (1922), written with Hervey Allen. Heyward's story of the lives of blacks on the Charleston waterfront, Porgy (1925), was dramatized by Heyward and his wife Dorothy in 1927. In 1935 it was made into a folk opera, Porgy and Bess, with the score by George Gershwin. Heyward's later works include Mamba's Daughters, a story of black life, which the Heywards also successfully dramatized (1939).

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