Sonata Mulattica: Poems: A Life in Five Movements and a Short Play

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In this lyric narrative inspired by history, a former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner imaginatively re-creates the life of a nineteenth-century virtuoso violinist. The son of a white woman and an African PrinceA" travels to Vienna to meet Beethoven. The composer's subsequent sonata is dedicated to him but he, exuberant with acclaim, offends Beethoven.

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"A virtuosic treatment of a virtuoso's life... stuffed with historical and musical arcana." The New Yorker "masterful collection" --Los Angeles Times

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Rita Dove is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of American Smooth (ISBN 978 0 393 32744 1), Grace Notes (ISBN 978 0393 30696 5), Mother Love (ISBN 978 0 393 31444 1) and On the Bus with Rosa Parks (ISBN 978 0 393 32026 8).

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