Author:Stephen Collins Foster

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Stephen Collins Foster

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

Stephen Collins Foster


Works about Foster[edit]

Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and 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.

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