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Carolina Chansons: Legends of the Low Country

Carolina Chansons: Legends of the Low Country by DuBose Heyward
By: (1885-1940)

This is a collection of poems about Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. DuBose Heyward was a Charleston native best known for his novel Porgy, which was the basis for the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Hervey Allen, who later wrote Anthony Adverse, met Heyward after moving to Charleston to teach. Together they founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina, which is still active today.

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Legends of the Low Country



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The thanks of the authors are due to the editors of The London Mercury , The North American Review , Poetry, A Magazine of Verse , The Reviewer , The Book News Monthly , and Contemporary Verse for permission to reprint many of the poems in this volume.

Grateful acknowledgment is also made to many friends for first hand information and for the loan of letters, diaries, pictures, and old newspaper clippings.


In a continent but recently settled, many parts of which have as yet little historical or cultural background, the material for this volume has been gathered from a section that was one of the first to be colonized. Here the Frenchman, Spaniard, and Englishman all passed, leaving each his legend; and a brilliant and more or less feudal civilization with its aristocracy and slaves has departed with the economic system upon which it rested... Continue reading book >>

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