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or gol·li·wogg  (gŏl′ē-wŏg′)
A doll fashioned in grotesque caricature of a black male.

[After Golliwog, a doll character in books by Bertha Upton (1849-1912), British-born American author, and her daughter, Florence Upton (1873-1922), American-born British illustrator.]
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or gol•li•wog

(ˈgɒl iˌwɒg)

n. (sometimes cap.)
1. a grotesque black doll.
2. a grotesque person.
[1890–95; after the name of a doll in an illustrated series of children's books by Bertha Upton (d. 1912), U.S. writer, and Florence Upton (d. 1922), illustrator]
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Noun1.golliwogg - a grotesque black doll
doll, dolly - a small replica of a person; used as a toy
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Compare their performances of Children's Corner: in Osborne's the snow is dancing, it's as if individual flakes are made audible, and his Golliwogg's cake-walk is delightfully jaunty, besides which Hough is relatively reserved.
Although the first printed jazz scores appeared around 1915 (starting with Morton's "Jelly Roll' Blues) and the first blues sheet music five years later, Satie and Debussy had already appropriated American idioms in works including La Diva de l'Empire and "Golliwogg's Cake-Walk" from Children's Corner.
"Golliwogg's Cakewalk," the sixth movement of Claude Debussy's 1908 Children's Corner suite, played on a loop in the gallery, suggesting that these nonsentient beings might just come alive and dance.
Play is key to the origin of the three British series that Michelle Beissel Heath discusses in her essay: Florence Upton and Bertha Upton's Dutch Doll and Golliwogg books, Enid Blyton's initial Noddy books, and Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families series were all inspired by playthings encountered by the authors and in turn inspired the production of further goods.
In fact, the battle lines had already been drawn years before, and Debussy had announced them fiercely, if comically, in Golliwogg's Cakewalk (1906-08) when he parodied Tristan.
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He conjured up a certain sophistication in Debussy's Children's Corner and you will not encounter more incisive playing than he produced in The Golliwogg's Cakewalk.
Although the external appearance may not have been flattering, the golliwog (originally "Golliwogg') was given unfailingly positive attributes, Derricks says.
When I wish to look up a word--"golliwogg," which I've encountered spelled with two g's--or when I wish to plenish my mind with some information, say, about the ill-fated Library at Alexandria, why don't I simply hit the right keys on my machine, where both a dictionary and an encyclopedia are imprisoned?
Mozart and Haydn responded to the musical demands of their times by incorporating new rhythmic concepts in their music; Debussy, in his Golliwogg Cakewalk (1905), "bounces along in typical ragtime song with a syncopated melody in the right hand and 'um-pah' accompaniment on the left" (Southern 329).
Debussy topped and tailed this sellout evening, beginning with Mirga's characteristically sultry reading of the Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune, woodwind and horns achingly languorous, and ending with a delightful encore to dispel the Petrushkian despair, the jazzy Golliwogg's Cakewalk.