Puget Sound English Department

June 17, 2009

Rita Dove’s New Book of Poetry

Filed under: Creative Writing,Literature — O. @ 2:19 am
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dove1Rita Dove‘s new book of poems (published in May by W.W. Norton) is Sonata Mulattica and, like her Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Thomas and Beulah, it consists of narrative sequences.  In this instance they concern George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower, a black violinist–a virtuoso who played Beethoven’s music, knew Beethoven, and ultimately quarreled with the composer. Other historical figures besides Bridgetower and Beethoven appear in the work, but Bridgetower is the central figure.

Here is a link to a review of the book from the Los Angeles Times:


Dove is a member of the Academy of American Poets, served as Poet Laureate of the U.S., and is a professor at the University of Virginia. She visited the University of Puget Sound in the late 1980s, giving a reading and leading workshops.


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