Books: Porgy

PORGY—DuBose Heyward—Doran ($2.00). Straightforward story-telling in a poet's prose is always rich reading. Poet Heyward's province is South Carolina—Negro life along the waterfront of old Charleston, with the atavistic rhythms, religion and animalism firmly rendered, the dialect perfect, the antics convulsing. Porgy, a purple-black beggar with crippled legs and a pungent goat, croons to his scampering dice, prays with his neighbors in Catfish Row, contemplates the insignificance of man. In a shadowy triangle involving Crown, a cinnamon stevedore with a chest like a cotton-bale, and his big wench Bess, Porgy's soul...

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