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DuBose Heyward (1885 -1940) was an American author best known for his 1924 novel Porgy. This novel was the basis for the opera Porgy and Bess. Heyward worked in real estate and insurance. When he was financially secure he left business to start a writing career. Carolina Chansons: Legends of the Low Country was first published in 1922. The Low Country was originally settled by Frenchman, Spaniards, and Englishman, each leaving their own legends. Heyward describes this volume as poetry rather than history. Poems include Seance at Sunrise, Silences, Presences, The Pirates, The Sewees of Sewee Bay, La Fayette Lands, Legend of Theodosia Burr, The Priest and the Pirate, Palmetto Town, Carolina Spring Song, The First Submarine, The Last Crew, a collection of Negro poems, Cooper River Legends, and more.