Heyward, DuBose

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Heyward, DuBose Gender: M
Edwin DuBose Heyward
born on 31 August 1885 at 09:15 (= 09:15 AM )
Place Charleston, South Carolina, 32n47, 79w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 08°17' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 17°35 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 20°10'

DuBose Heyward (with Dorothy Heyward)


American writer and lyricist whose 1925 novel "Porgy", co-written with his wife Dorothy, became the foundation of the hit musical "Porgy and Bess." The Heywards' book became a well-received play in 1927. He subsequently wrote most of the lyrics for the Gershwin opera which had its Broadway opening in 1935. Many of his books were the result of his time spent on the docks in Charleston where he became fascinated with Gullah culture. In addition to other novels, including "Mamba's Daughter," he wrote the screenplay for the movie "The Emperor Jones," released in 1933. Heyward died of a heart attack on 16 June 1940 in Tryon, North Carolina, aged 55.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1925 ("Porgy")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1933 (Movie "The Emperor Jones" for which he wrote the screenplay)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1935 ("Porgy and Bess" for which he wrote the lyrics)
  • Death by Heart Attack 16 June 1940 (Age 55 in Tryon, NC)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Originally this entry was rated B with Sy Scholfield quoting from Dubose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess by James M. Hutchisson (University Press of Mississippi, 2000), pp. 5-6: "Their first child was born just about nine months after their marriage, on 31 August 1885. Janie named the boy Edwin dubose ... In 1887, another child was born, a girl, named Jeannie dubose. By great coincidence, she was delivered at 9:15 in the morning, the same time of day when dubose was born."

On 6 August 2017 Scholfield upgraded the rating to AA, citing mother's baby book quoted in "Charleston Childhood: The First Years of Dubose Heyward" by Harlan Greene, The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 83, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 154-167: "Janie Heyward soon began on their expanding family's story, 'Our Boy DuBose' was the title she chose for it: 'Our boy DuBose was born at a quarter past nine o'clock on Monday morning August 31st, 1885...'" (p. 156).


  • Traits : Body : Constitution sensitive (Frequently ill)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Fatal)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer (Lyricist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor