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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

Empress of the Blues
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In Bessie Smith, born in 1894 and raised in the slums of Chattanooga, Tennessee, black women everywhere found a formidable voice. Her life-long defiance of the white world found expression both in her extraordinary stage prescence and in her uninhibited behaviour off-stage: the crudity of her language, her unpredictable and often violent temper and her bouts of heavy drinking.

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Hardback Editions

October 1985 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Bessie Smith (Lives of Modern Women)
Author(s): Elaine Feinstein
ISBN: 0-670-80642-0 / 978-0-670-80642-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

February 1985 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Bessie Smith (Lives of Modern Women S.)
Author(s): Elaine Feinstein
ISBN: 0-14-008027-9 / 978-0-14-008027-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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