Stephen Collins Foster


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Noun1.Stephen Collins Foster - United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)Stephen Collins Foster - United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)
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On December 7, 2013, Japan's first ever lecture-concert and symposium on Stephen Collins Foster was held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, its sponsor.
Those of us who thought we knew a thing or two about Stephen Collins Foster (1826-64) regarded him as a beautiful dreamer, an untutored country boy with a lucky gift for melody, an unworldy songster who permitted publishers to pirate his songs and others to take credit for their composition, a spendthrift alcoholic who died with thirty-eight cents to his name, a racist or at least a highly effective publicist for the Souths peculiar institution.
Readers will discover that the designer of the White House, James Hoban, was born in County Kilkenny, that Stephen Collins Foster, composer of such well known songs as 'Oh Susanna' and 'Camptown Races', came from Ulster stock, and that Edith Somerville (of Somerville and Ross - Irish RM - fame) became interested in horse whispering.