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Sonata Mulattica


Rita Dove (Author, University of Virginia)

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In a book-length lyric narrative inspired by history and imagination, a much celebrated poet re-creates the life of a nineteenth-century virtuoso violinist.

The son of a white woman and an “African Prince,” George Polgreen Bridgetower (1780–1860) travels to Vienna to meet “bad-boy” genius Ludwig van Beethoven. The great composer’s subsequent sonata is originally dedicated to the young mulatto, but George, exuberant with acclaim, offends Beethoven over a woman. From this crucial encounter evolves a grandiose yet melancholy poetic tale.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • April 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-07008-8
  • 6.3 × 9.3 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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  1. Book CoverSonata Mulattica: Poems


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