First library edition 1934
Porgy is a novel written by the American author DuBose Heyward and published by the George H. Doran Company in 1925, as well as a play which Dorothy Heyward helped him to write which was premiered in 1927.
Even before the play had been fully written, Heyward was in discussions with George Gershwin for an operatic version of his novel, which appeared in 1935 as Porgy and Bess (renamed to distinguish it from the play).
The novel tells the story of Porgy, a crippled street-beggar in the black tenements of Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1920s. The character was based on the real-life Charlestonian Samuel Smalls. Some passages in the novel have the characters speaking in the Gullah language.
- "Porgy and Bess Brings Back Memories of Sammy Smalls", News and Courier, October 14, 1985.
- Full text of Porgy plus criticism and commentary by Kendra Hamilton, hosted by the University of Virginia
- Porgy (novel) at the Internet Broadway Database
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