Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer

by Sarah Taylor


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Quiet and dreamy-eyed, Stephen Foster wants nothing more than to be a musician in a world where boys are supposed to grow up and go into business, like the family hero, his older brother William. Even though he can play the flute perfectly from the age of six, his family's expectations of a traditional profession drive him to Cincinnati, where he works at his older brother Dunning's warehouse. While in Cincinnati, he publishes his first great hit at the age of twenty-one, "Oh! Susanna." With Firth, Pond and Company, the best New York publisher, to sell his songs and E.P. Christy, among the greatest of minstrel performers, to sing them, Stephen is sure he can make songwriting his business. He turns out hits like "Old Folks at Home" and "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night," songs that Frederick Douglass said "awaken the sympathies for the slave," as if his life depends on it. With the Civil War approaching and personal tragedies striking, it does.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781666292244
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/07/2021
Pages: 602
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

Sarah Taylor has a BA in History and an MSLS. She enjoys reading and writing about history, playing piano (mostly Stephen Foster), and going on park walks with her dog. This is her first novel. You may find her at and Goodreads.

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