In addition to several works of her own, she co-authored the play Porgy with her husband DuBose Heyward , adapting it from his novel by the same name. After graduating from high school, she attended Harvard University , where she studied to become a playwright. They married in September and she changed her name.
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A biography of the proper Charlestonian who wrote of the Gullahs of Catfish Row and inspired a Gershwin masterpiece. In DuBose Heyward was a businessman absorbed in his Charleston heritage. One year later he was the world-famous author of Porgy , the first major southern novel to portray blacks without condescension. Just a decade later George Gershwin had transformed Heyward's book into an opera that would become one of the most enduring masterworks of American music. As a young man Heyward was immersed in the Gullah culture of his city.
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At the age of 17 Heyward worked on the waterfront, where he observed the black Americans who were to become the subject of his writing. Porgy was set in Catfish Row, a Charleston tenement street. In Heyward and his wife Dorothy dramatized Porgy. A motion-picture version appeared in Dorothy Heyward — attended G. She was most effective as a collaborator with her husband and others. DuBose Heyward. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.
Eugene Dubose Heyward, a white-American writer and playwright, was born on this date in Although his parents were descended from Charleston, SC, aristocracy, the young Heyward did not know the wealth of his grandparents. The city and its citizens were proud, dignified, mannerly, vain, courageous, and poor.