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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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Composition in Black and White

Kathryn Talalay

Oxford University Press

This book starts telling the story of Philippa Duke Schuyler, a child of a racially mixed marriage, with her death. It happened on a Tuesday, May 9, 1967, when a helicopter assigned to the 282nd Aviation Company crashed into the ocean just about ten miles north of Da Nang and Philippa was one of the passengers on board. The book also flashes back to three weeks before the death of Philippa, to April 15, 1967, when she gave a piano concert on South Vietnamese television. The book also describes how Philippa was involved in missions of mercy, evacuating children from an orphanage in Hue to Da Nang.

Keywords:   racially mixed marriage, missions of mercy, death, piano concert, Da Nang, helicopter

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