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William Grant StillA Study in Contradictions$
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Catherine Parsons Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520215429

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520215429.001.0001

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“They, Verna and Billy”

“They, Verna and Billy”

(p.152) They, Verna and Billy”
William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith

University of California Press

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

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