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Citadel News Service
Office of Public AffairsFOR RELEASE
March 24, 2000


A Rich Southern Melodrama

DuBose Heyward flanked by Ira and George Gershwin, Spring 1934; courtesy The Ohio State University Libraries           Citadel English professor Lt. Col. Jim Hutchisson, author of the newly published DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and The World of Porgy and Bess, "was attracted to Heyward's life story," he says, "because it's great dramatic material: orphaned at a young age, little formal education, a discontented businessman who really wanted to be a poet. . . Then the way he made his mark on the literary world--as a white man from an aristocratic Southern family who wrote realistically--and compassionately--about African Americans. This was the stuff of the richest Southern melodrama."

          Hutchisson will show slides and talk about the proper Charlestonian who wrote about the Gullahs of Catfish Row and inspired a Gershwin masterpiece. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on The Citadel campus in Bond Hall 165 on Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.

(Photo: DuBose Heyward flanked by Ira and George Gershwin, Spring 1934; courtesy The Ohio State University Libraries)

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