Sonata Mulattica (Hardcover)

A Life in Five Movements and a Short Play

By Rita Dove

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393070088, 231pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2009

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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.

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