Author:Stephen Collins Foster

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Stephen Collins Foster
(1826–1864)
America's first professional songwriter; best known for parlor songs such as "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Beautiful Dreamer" as well as blackface minstrel songs that include "Oh! Susanna" and "De Camptown Races". He brought refinement to the minstrel stage by combining the parlor and minstrel genres in songs such as "Nelly Was a Lady". Late in his career, he often set to music the lyrics of George Cooper. Recurrent themes in his works include noble deeds, the loss of family and friends, and a yearning for death. Foster was born in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1826, and died in New York City in 1864 after suffering an accidental injury in his hotel room. He married Jane Denny Foster in 1850 and fathered a daughter Marion.
Stephen Collins Foster
Works by this author published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.