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Composition in Black and White: The Life of Philippa Schuyler: Life of Philippa Schuyler - The Tragic Saga of Harlem's Biracial Prodigy [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Kathryn Talalay
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16. November 1995
George Schuyler, a renowned black journalist of the Harlem Renaissance, and Josephine Cogdell, a blond, blue-eyed Texas heiress and granddaughter of slave owners, believed that intermarriage would "invigorate" the races, thereby producing extraordinary offspring. Their daughter, Philippa Duke Schuyler, became the embodiment of this theory, and they hoped she would prove that interracial children represented the final solution to America's race problems. A child prodigy of the 1930s and 40s, who was often compared to Mozart, Schuyler later became an expatriate pianist, who performed for kings and queens, and a right-wing journalist - "Felipa Monterro" from Madagascar - who supported the Vietnam war, and died in a helicopter accident over Da Nang. This authorized biography of Philippa Schuyler draws on previously unpublished letters and diaries to reveal an extraordinary and complex personality. In chronicling Schuyler's restless and haunting life, her battles against racism and sexism, her exploits and love affairs, it also offers a history of the tumultuous times she lived through.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 317 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press Inc (16. November 1995)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0195096088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195096088
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,4 x 16,4 x 3,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (5 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.427.963 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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"For nearly forty years, Philippa Schuyler has remained fixed in my imagination as the brilliant musical child prodigy I heard so much about in the 1950s. In this thoroughly researched and insightful biography, Kathryn Talalay gives us a picture of Philippa Schuyler as artist, as feminist, as international observer and correspondent, struggling always with racial barriers as well as with issues of her bi-racial identity. As she overcomes these external and internal boundaries, Schuyler seems very much a woman of the 1990s."--Mary Helen Washington"Philippa Duke Schuyler was one of the most talented, glamorous, and intriguing American women of the century. This brilliantly researched and lucidly written biography reads like a novel as it unwraps the secrets of a life simultaneously dark and lustrous."--Richard Newman, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University

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George Schuyler, a renowned black journalist of the Harlem Renaissance, and Josephine Cogdell, a blond, blue-eyed Texas heiress and granddaughter of slave owners, believed that intermarriage would "invigorate" the races, thereby producing extraordinary offspring. Their daughter, Philippa Duke Schuyler, became the embodiment of this theory, and they hoped she would prove that interracial children represented the final solution to America's race problems. A child prodigy of the 1930s and 40s, who was often compared to Mozart, Schuyler later became an expatriate pianist, who performed for kings and queens, and a right-wing journalist - "Felipa Monterro" from Madagascar - who supported the Vietnam war, and died in a helicopter accident over Da Nang. This authorized biography of Philippa Schuyler draws on previously unpublished letters and diaries to reveal an extraordinary and complex personality. In chronicling Schuyler's restless and haunting life, her battles against racism and sexism, her exploits and love affairs, it also offers a history of the tumultuous times she lived through.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Info zum Film COMPOSITION IN BLACK & WHITE 8. Februar 2006
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Richard Powers placed Philippa Schuyler (1931-1967) to the center of his novel "The time of our singing". Halle Berry (this times as a producer instead an actress) wants to film her life ["Composition in Black and White"] and has found Alicia Keys as a principal actor -- also a coloured pianist and an admirer of Philippa Schuyler by whom Alicia feels deeply inspired.
These two current marginal notes should already unlock us to read this book written by Kathryn Talalay about Philippa Schuyler. If one has started to explore the facts of this extraordinary biography, then one quite surely will be tied up of what this exemplarily strong woman experienced:
At the beginning of her life she was, aged 11, on tour as a "child prodigy" celebrated on concert stages in about 80 countries -- also America needs his Mozart's (at first the present U.S. Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice was on this track, too, before she still discovered more essential).
Philippa Schuyler (got adult) changed her name because of the racialist injustices, which made the USA a part of the axis of the evil in the McCarthy era -- for children from mixed couples as well as pure black people. Philippa Schuyler tried to award a South American Spanish touch to herself with the pseudonym Felipa Monterro. (Jennifer Lopez today is an example, too, that this sort of identity absolutely gets more acceptance than a clear origin from a black American ghetto.)
Philippa Schuyler started with a third life as a (very successful) journalist, getting more awake for political discussions. She, an "American Sheroe" -- she died at the age of 35 years - during a helicopter crash in 1967 (producing a report on Vietnam).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ein "american SHEROE" ... 22. Dezember 2005
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Richard Powers stellt Philippa Schuyler (1931-1967) ins Zentrum seines Romans "The time of our singing" - "Der Klang der Zeit". Halle Berry (diesmal als Produzentin statt als Schauspielerin) will ihr Leben verfilmen ["Composition in Black and White"] und hat dafür als Hauptdarstellerin Alicia Keys gefunden - ebenfalls farbige Pianistin und Bewunderin von Philippa Schuyler, von der sie sich zutiefst inspiriert fühlt. Diese beiden aktuellen Randbemerkungen allein sollten einen schon aufschließen für das von Kathryn Talalay geschriebene Buch über Philippa Schuyler. Hat man sich einmal darin vergraben (normale Englisch-Kenntnisse reichen aus), dann wird man ganz sicherlich gefesselt sein von dem, was diese beispielhaft starke Frau erlebte: Zu Beginn ihres Lebens war sie bereits mit vier Jahren ein auf Konzertbühnen gefeiertes "Wunderkind" am Klavier, seit dem 11. Lebensjahr tourte sie durch über 80 Länder - auch Amerika braucht seine Mozarts (die gegenwärtige US-Außenministerin Condoleezza Rice war zunächst auch auf dieser Fährte, bevor sie noch Wesentlicheres entdeckte). Erwachsen geworden veränderte Philippa Schuyler ihren Namen wegen der rassistischen Ungerechtigkeiten, welche die USA in der McCarthy-Ära besonders zur Achse des Bösen machte - für Kinder aus Misch-Ehen durchaus auch. Philippa Schuyler versuchte sich mit dem Künstlernamen Felipa Monterro einen südamerikanisch-spanischen Anstrich zu verleihen. (Man sieht auch heute an Jennifer Lopez, dass dies durchaus mehr Akzeptanz erfährt als eine eindeutige Herkunft aus einem schwarzen, amerikanischen Ghetto. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Partly dark but riveting story of a mulatoo virtuoso 1. September 1999
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As a social historian and african-american writer I enthralled when I read the NY Times Book Review of Kathryn Talalay's bio of phillippa Schuyler. Schuyler made her mark as a musical child prodigy and later, as an adult, a celebrated composer-pianist. Schuyler's life as an international performer in one sense mirrors that of another but more recognized "tragic mulatoo", Dorthy Dandridge. And her last career as a grounbreaking war correspondent in South Vietnam is particularly entriguing. Overall, Talalay's book is marvelous but the high brow and sordid realities of Schuyler's life are especially deserving of a major made-for-cable TV treatment. Similiarly to what recently afforded Dandridge. That way Talalay's thought provoking examination of Schuyler's achievements could be made accessible to a greater number of african-americans and others alike.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed the book very much. 30. April 1999
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I am very glad I read this book but the story made me very sad for you see, Philippa was my first cousin, once removed. Daniel Calhoun Cogdell, was her grandfather and my great grandfather. I was 30 years old when Philippa died and I would love to have known her. The family never discussed Josephine Cogdell, Philippa's mother, except to say she was eccentric and died young. How sad they missed out on so much and so did I for I did not know she even existed. Yes, very sad indeed.
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I read this book after purchasing it from an Oxford catalog. I'd wanted to buy it since I read the NY Times review. I absolutely loved it. I applaud the scholarship and research of the biographer, but also the humane description of a very complex character. I'd never heard of Phillippa Schuyler, before I read the book review. Although she had many flaws, including her ambiguity about her blackness, she still had a remarkable life and is one of my "sheroes". Her story intrigues me and I want to know more about her father and his writing. Her life ended tragically, but she lived it fully. I am saddened that she so hated her African heritage that she thought the only way she could succeed was to pass herself off as anything but black. I also purchased a copy to send my sister, who is a classical music buff. This is another example of the history of African-Americans being "lost, stolen, or strayed". Every school child should know about Phillippa, as well as the many other gift and talented African-Americans. I am sorry she didn't claim her heritage. I claim her.
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