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Composition in Black and White: The Life of Philippa Schuyler

Kathryn Talalay


George Schuyler, a black journalist, and Josephine Cogdell, a blond, blue-eyed Texas heiress, believed that intermarriage would “invigorate” the races. Their daughter, Philippa Duke Schuyler, became the embodiment of this theory. Able to read and write at the age of two and a half, a pianist at four, and a composer by five, Philippa was often compared to Mozart. During the 1930s and 1940s she graced the pages of Time magazine and The New Yorker. Philippa soon became the inspiration for a generation of African-American children. But as an adult she dropped out of sight. Philippa had been reject ... More

Keywords: George Schuyler, Josephine Cogdell, Philippa Duke Schuyler, Time magazine, The New Yorker, African-American, performer, composer, author, foreign correspondent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Talalay, author
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York