- Heyward was born in Charleston, SC.
- One of the author’s ancestors, Thomas Heyward, Jr., was a judge who signed the Declaration of Independence for South Carolina.
- As a child Mr. Heyward was sick often. At age 18 he contracted polio, at 20 it was typhoid fever, at 21 he was plagued with pleurisy.
- Even though he dropped out of high school at the age of 14, he was always interested in literature and read a lot when confined to his bed.
- While staying at MacDowell Colony, an artists’ colony in New Hampshire, in 1992 Mr. Heyward met Dorothy Khuns, a playwright, who became his wife.
- The couple had one daughter, Jenifer Dubose Heyward who was a sculptor, actress and an accomplished dancer who became a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
- In 1925 Mr. Heyward published his best known novel, Porgy. Two years later Mrs. Heyward adapted the book to a play and both worked together with George Gershwin to put together the opera Porgy and Bess in 1935.
- Heyward worked closely with Ira Gershwin on the lyrics to Porgy and Bess, even though he did not get much of the credit.
- Porgy and Bess was adapted to be a major motion picture in 1959.
- Heyward wrote several other novels, and even a children’s book.
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