Sonata Mulattica

A Life in Five Movements and a Short Play

By Rita Dove
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393338935, 231pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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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.



About the Author
Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and musician, lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
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