“<i>They</i>, Verna and Billy”

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215429
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921573 | DOI:
“They, Verna and Billy”

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This chapter discusses Verna Avery, who was strongly influenced by Forsythe and eventually became Still's librettist, editor, and archivist. This chapter takes a look at Avery's scrapbooks and diaries in order to describe her childhood years. Her memoirs describe Avery as an adult, although it also intensifies the urgency of the questions about the nature and extent of her influence on Still. This chapter closely examines her identity and clarifies what her contributions to Still's career were.

Keywords: Verna Avery; influence; contributions; identity; Still's career

Chapter.  11824 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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