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The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America's Most Famous Opera
     

The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America's Most Famous Opera

by Ellen Noonan
 

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Created by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward and sung by generations of black performers, Porgy and Bess has been both embraced and reviled since its debut in 1935. In this comprehensive account, Ellen Noonan examines the opera's long history of invention and reinvention as a barometer of twentieth-century American expectations about race, culture, and the

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