Billie Holiday Analysis


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Chilton, John. Billie’s Blues: The Billie Holiday Story, 1933-1959. 1975. Reprint. New York: Da Capo Press, 1989. Concentrates on analyzing Holiday’s performances.

Clarke, Donald. Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday. New York: Viking, 1994. A well-researched biography.

Davis, Angela Yvonne. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. Analyzes Holiday’s importance for black feminists.

Gourse, Leslie, ed. The Billie Holiday Companion: Seven Decades of Commentary. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. A collection of essays about Holiday’s life and career.

Kliment, Bud. Billie Holiday. Los Angeles: Melrose Square, 1990. Part of the Black Americans of Achievement series for teenage readers. Uses Lady Sings the Blues as primary source material and thus perpetuates some inaccuracies.

Nicholson, Stuart. Billie Holiday. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995. A biographical study. Includes bibliographical references, an index, and a discography.

O’Meally, Robert. Lady Day: The Many Faces of Lady Day. New York: Arcade, 1991. Builds on the research of Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who died before she could turn her findings into a book. Includes an extensive bibliography.

White, John. Billie Holiday: Her Life and Times. New York: Universe Books, 1987. Includes many pictures and a lengthy bibliography.