Other Literary Forms
In addition to three plays and the libretto for Porgy and Bess, DuBose Heyward was the author of poetry, short stories, and novels. In his own time, he probably achieved more recognition as a novelist than as a playwright. In fact, his plays Porgy and Mamba’s Daughters are dramatizations of his novels of the same titles, set in African American communities in and around Charleston, South Carolina. Heyward’s final novel, Star Spangled Virgin (1939), also has African American characters, but it is set on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. Heyward also wrote three novels featuring white characters. Angel (1926) is about the mountaineers of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Lost Morning (1936), set in the Piedmont, deals with an artist trying to regain his artistic integrity. Peter Ashley (1932) is a historical novel set in Charleston at the beginning of the Civil War. The Half Pint Flask (1929), Heyward’s best short story, was published separately as a book. Heyward also published volumes of poetry: Carolina Chansons (1922), Skylines and Horizons (1924), and Jasbo Brown and Selected Poems (1931).