Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay

Bessie Smith

Jackie Kay

203 pages first pub 1997 (editions) user-added

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As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, Jackie Kay found in Bessie Smith someone with whom she could identify and idolize. Her fascinating and extraordinary Outline mixes fact and fiction, poetry and prose as she relates the tempestuous life ...

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