Sonata Mulattica: Poems by Rita DoveSonata Mulattica: Poems by Rita Dove

Sonata Mulattica: Poems

byRita Dove

Paperback | August 24, 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.
Rita Dove is the recipient of many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is a Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.
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Title:Sonata Mulattica: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.6 inPublished:August 24, 2010Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393338932

ISBN - 13:9780393338935

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“A virtuosic treatment of a virtuoso's life . . . stuffed with historical and musical arcana.”

“Dove's richly imagined book has the sweep and vivid characters of a novel, but it's written with a poet's economy, an eye for the exact detail.”