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Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy

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While undergoing routine surgery to remove a benign tumor, Ruby Elzy died. She was only thirty-five. Had she lived, she would have been one of the first black artists to appear in grand opera.

Although now in the shadows, she was a shining star in her day. She entertained Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. She was Paul Robeson's leading lady in the movie version of The E
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Hardcover, 210 pages
Published August 25th 2004 by University Press of Mississippi
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Chris
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While I'm not a big fan of Opera or musical theater, and by extension no expert on either, I'm a little angry that I had never heard of Ruby Elzy before reading this book. Why? Because I grew up in the the same general part of Mississippi as Elzy, granted more than seventy years later, and I had to take a class in high school which supposedly discussed influential and famous native Mississippians. Elzy was the first Serena in Porgy and Bess, Gershwin even wrote a song specifically for her voice, ...more
Kathy
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
a well told biography of a woman I'd never heard of. I'm glad I got to know her through this book!
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