DuBose Heyward Fellow
DuBose Heyward Fellow membership conveys all the benefits of the Circle memberships, plus use of the Ross Fellows Room and invitations to exclusive Fellows events. Fellows members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at our sister membership libraries. Additionally, they receive one new gift membership to be sent to a recipient of their choosing, as well as an 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.