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Dorothy Heyward papers, [1936]-1948.

Author: Dorothy Heyward
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Letter [1936] (Folly Island, S.C.), from Heyward to [Gorham B.] Munson, discussing the theatrical dramatization of Porgy and Bess and her collaboration with her husband on the work, noting that Gullah accent depicted in the script "proved a major stumbling block. After painstakingly teaching the Northern actors to speak it we had still more trouble in persuading them to tone it down," and mentioning the musical
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Records and correspondence
Named Person: Dorothy Heyward; Dorothy Heyward; Gorham Bert Munson; DuBose Heyward
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Heyward
OCLC Number: 853523484
Description: 18 items.
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Letter [1936] (Folly Island, S.C.), from Heyward to [Gorham B.] Munson, discussing the theatrical dramatization of Porgy and Bess and her collaboration with her husband on the work, noting that Gullah accent depicted in the script "proved a major stumbling block. After painstakingly teaching the Northern actors to speak it we had still more trouble in persuading them to tone it down," and mentioning the musical version on which DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin were working.

Six manuscripts, 8 Sept. 1941 - 4 Oct. 1948, include the contract between Dorothy Heyward and The Theatre Guild, Inc., of New York City, for production of the stage play Set My People Free. Letter, 1 Feb. 1944, (Charleston, S.C.), in which Dorothy Heyward declines the offer of an advance royalty of $250 but pledges that "I will never sell the play elsewhere without first consulting you and allowing you adequate time to reach a decision. I agree with you that the play should not be produced till after the war, and I feel that your good work on the script should give you the first reading rights without the payment of money." A subsequent letter from Heyward, 4 Oct. 1948, addresses the management of The Theatre Guild, Inc., advising that the first $1,000 of the royalties earned by Heyward, plus an additional $50, were to be paid to Allyn Rice as reimbursement "for advances previously made to me pursuant to the Dramatic Production contract."; and reviews, publicity, and clippings, 1948, re promotion and reception of the play, Set My People Free (10 items).

Undated letter [ca.1940s?] (New York, N.Y.), to [Lester] Roberts, advising that Carolina Chansons (1922), was DuBose Heyward's first published book, regretting that so few copies were available, and pointing out that some of the poems also appeared in Jasbo Brown and Selected Poems (published 1931)

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