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Position:Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy - My Point of View - Brief Article - Book Review

Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy by David E. Weaver University Press of Mississippi August 2004, $26. ISBN 1-578-06651-4

Ruby Pearl Elzy rose from poverty in Pontotoc, Mississippi, to become one of the most beautiful soprano voices of her time. She appeared with Paul Robeson in the 1933 film The Emperor Jones and was handpicked by George Gershwin to create the role of Serena in the original version of Porgy and Bess. While she was preparing for her grand operatic debut as Aida, Elzy, just 35, died while undergoing routine surgery. Weaver's biography brings forth the life of an extraordinary talent and her remarkable...

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