Book of Answers: Porgy and Bess

“On what novel is George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess (1935) based? It is based on Porgy (1925), by Du Bose Heyward. Heyward and his wife, Dorothy, won a Pulitzer prize for their dramatic version of the novel. Porgy is a crippled beggar who lives on Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess is his drug-addicted mistress.”

Excerpted from: Corey, Melinda, and George Ochoa. Literature: The New York Public Library Book of Answers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

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