Porgy and Bess: A Charleston Story, Lecture and Book Signing, May 31

Home House Publishing, May 2016. Cover design by Paul F. Rossmann.
Home House Publishing, May 2016. Cover
design by Paul F. Rossmann.

Join the College of Charleston Libraries for a Lecture and Book Signing.

Porgy & Bess: A Charleston Story

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 4:00pm,
Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, Third Floor,
205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

Editor Harlan Greene, Head of Special Collections, will be joined by authors Karen Chandler, Damon Fordham, and Pam Wall to discuss this exciting new publication.

Free and open to the public.

Porgy Bess_Special Collections
Program from Porgy and Bess, 1952,
College of Charleston Special Collections


Special Collections Exhibition
Porgy & Bess: A Charleston Story

On Display Mid-May through August, 2016

Come see the new exhibit from the College of Charleston Special Collections as Porgy and Bess returns to the Charleston stage with Spoleto Festival USA. The exhibit will feature collections of art and rare manuscripts celebrating the creation, history, and staging of Porgy and Bess.

The new publication Porgy & Bess: A Charleston Story provides insight not only into one of America’s greatest operas but also into, as DuBose Heyward called Charleston, the “ancient, beautiful city that time had forgotten.”

The opera Porgy and Bess has been acclaimed throughout the world, but it has always been, at heart, a story of Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston was the home of Samuel Smalls, the model for the character Porgy, and DuBose Heyward, who wrote the novel Porgy, co-wrote the Broadway play, and collaborated on the opera with George and Ira Gershwin. Charleston was the inspiration for the music, the sets, and the relationships that have thrilled audiences since 1935.

Now, led by Porgy and Bess scholar Harlan Greene, many aspects of the book, play, and opera and their roots in Lowcountry South Carolina are explored by local and national experts. Published by Home House Publishing. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow the talk.

For more information about the event on May 31, please contact Amanda Noll at nolla@cofc.edu or 843.953.5530. Contact Special Collections for more information about the exhibition.