Delighted to welcome Sarah Taylor to the Cafe and Bookstore with her book Beautiful Dreamer – A fictional biography of Stephen Foster American songwriter of such iconic songs as “Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown Races” Sarah will be also joining the Children’s Reading Room in October with Old Dog Tray when available on Amazon.
About the book
Quiet and dreamy-eyed, Stephen Foster wants nothing more than to be a musician in a world where boys are supposed to grow up and go into business, like the family hero, his older brother William. Even though he can play the flute perfectly from the age of six, his family’s expectations of a traditional profession drive him to Cincinnati, where he works at his older brother Dunning’s warehouse. While in Cincinnati, he publishes his first great hit at the age of twenty-one, “Oh! Susanna.” With Firth, Pond and Company, the best New York publisher, to sell his songs and E.P. Christy, among the greatest of minstrel performers, to sing them, Stephen is sure he can make songwriting his business. He turns out hits like “Old Folks at Home” and “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night,” songs that Frederick Douglass said “awaken the sympathies for the slave,” as if his life depends on it. With the Civil War approaching and personal tragedies striking, it does.
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
Stephen Foster’s life as a musician wasn’t easy. He had a burning talent, and yet it wasn’t enough. He wrote songs like another person might sit down and write a note to a friend, and yet was often paid a few coins for the songs. His wife left him because she felt that he couldn’t support her and their daughter well. Did he commit suicide or was his death an accident? Perhaps no one knows for sure. I just wish he could see the impact his songs have had over the years, and the fame they’ve won. Nothing like “Camptown Races,” “Oh, Susanna,” or “Swanee River.”
About Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor has a BA in History and an MSLS and enjoys writing historical fiction, playing piano, and taking park walks with her dog. Her favorite writers include J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. Her historical interests include the Stone Age and the nineteenth century. She always liked creating stories and had the idea for her first published novel while in middle school. She has recently published her first novel, Beautiful Dreamer, and a children’s book, Old Dog Tray.
Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news about Sarah’s book … thanks Sally.