Bessie Smith

Standard Name: Smith, Bessie


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Cultural formation Jackie Kay
In the absence of any black people around her while she was growing up in Scotland, JK invented fantasy relationships with well-known black people from around the world such as Nelson Mandela , Ella Fitzgerald
Intertextuality and Influence Una Marson
In the year leading up to this publication, UM was reading (mostly male) African-American writers—Booker T. Washington , James Weldon Johnson , and W. E. B. Du Bois—and taking an intense interest in...
Literary Setting Jackie Kay
The lovers here include parents and children. The volume includes a sequence of poems about blues singer Bessie Smith , set in the American South. The significance of the blues modifies according to its...
Occupation Laura Riding
They had help from Vyvyan Richards (who had formerly planned to set up a printing press with his close friend T. E. Lawrence ), which was needed since neither had much experience with hand-presses. They...
Performance of text Jackie Kay
Several of the poems had been broadcast on various BBC radio and television programmes, including When You Move Out on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour, and JK 's BBC 2 poetry documentary, Twice Through...
Author summary Jackie Kay
JK 's poetry, plays, and fiction explore issues of divided, displaced, or mixed identity. Her writings probe and challenge assumptions about race, gender, and sexuality with a mixture of pain and humour. She often draws...
Publishing Jackie Kay
JK published a biography, Bessie Smith, with Absolute in Bath and New York. It was re-issued in early 2021.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
OCLC WorldCat.
Textual Production Elaine Feinstein
EF contributed to the Penguin series Lives of Modern Women her short biography Bessie Smith.
Whitaker’s Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons, 2003.
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