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Owen Dodson

OWEN DODSON

  (1914 - 1983)

Nationality:    African American
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dodson studied at Bates College (B.A. 1936) and at the Yale School of Drama (M.F.A. 1939). He taught at Howard University, where he was chair of the Drama Department, from 1940 to 1970, and briefly at Spelman College and Atlanta University. Dodson's poetry varied widely and covered a broad range of subjects, styles, and forms. He wrote at times, though rarely, in black dialect, and at others quoted and alluded to classical poetry and Drama. He wrote about sexualityhe was gay, though he was briefly engaged to Priscilla Heath, a Bates classmateand about religion. He was closely associated with poets W. H. auden and William Stanley Braithwaite, but his influences were difficult to pin down. In an interview with Charles H. Roswell, he said: Well, every writer, at the beginning of his career, is influenced by somebody. Surely it's true that the ragtime rhythms of Langston Hughes and the order of Countee Cullen, his devotion to the church, have influenced me. But you know if you listen to Bach and then listen to the early Haydn you can see a cross between the two--you can see that Bach was influenced by Haydn. then, if you listen to Haydn at his maturity and then listen to Beethoven, then you can see that Beethoven was influenced at the beginning of his career. and if you listen to the greatest Beethoven and then you listen to the early Brahms, you can see that the early Brahms was influenced by the later Beethoven. then he became his own style. He got his own idea of life. You admire your father, and you imitate his gestures and his stance--the way he talks, the way he holds his glass, the way he kisses his wife. there is something about him that influences you. But then as you grow older, you begin to get your own style, your own class, your own idea of what is going on. Oh, yes, it's true that Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen influenced me. In Drama, he cited Henrik Ibsen as an influence, though again as an initial relationship later to be reworked and half-forgotten. Dodson's two novels are generally considered to be autobiographical. Dodson died from cardiovascular disease at the age of 69.
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below is a list of Owen Dodson's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bayou Legend         Christmas Miracle, The         Confession Stone. The         Divine Comedy         Garden Time, The         New World-A-Coming         Shining Town         Till Victory Is Won



Bayou Legend

Synopsis:
Fantasy set in the Louisiana bayou.

Notes:
Music by Jack Landron; lyrics by Jack Landron; book by Owen Dodson. Based on the play "Bayou Legend" by Owen Dodson

1st Produced:
Church of St Paul and St andrew, New York    1975

Organisations:
aMaS Repertory Theater

1st Published:
Contained in: "Black Drama In America" published by Howard University Press 1994   -

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Christmas Miracle, The

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Confession Stone. The

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-    1960

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Divine Comedy

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Garden Time, The

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New World-A-Coming

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Shining Town

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Contained in: "Roots of African American Drama: An Anthology of Early Plays 1858 - 1938" published by Wayne State University Press   978-0814321423

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Till Victory Is Won

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