Sonata Mulattica: A Life in Five Movements and a Short Play

Rita Dove (Author)
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Description

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. A New Yorker's A Year's Reading; Booklist Editors Choice Award.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
September 27, 2010
Pages
231
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.25 inches | 0.42 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9780393338935
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About the Author

Rita Dove is the recipient of many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is a Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.

Reviews

A virtuosic treatment of a virtuoso's life . . . stuffed with historical and musical arcana. "
Dove's richly imagined book has the sweep and vivid characters of a novel, but it's written with a poet's economy, an eye for the exact detail. --Mark Doty"