DuBose Heyward Fellow
$1000 and up
- Fellows benefits plus one new gift membership to be sent to recipients of your choice
- Invitation to the annual Library Society Gala
DuBose Heyward (1885-1940) was a novelist, poet and playwright. Most famous for his 1924 book Porgy and its subsequent adaptations, including Porgy and Bess, he also penned its’ libretto. Stephen Sondheim hailed him as "the author of the finest set of lyrics in the history of the American musical theater." Heyward also helped found the Poetry Society of South Carolina and was a member of the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals. He was an active member of the Charleston Library Society and often worked in its Main Reading Room. His original handwritten manuscript for Porgy is a treasured part of the Library’s collection.