On what novel is George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess (1935) based?

George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess is based on Porgy (1925), by Du Bose Heyward.

Heyward and his wife, Dorothy, won a Pulitzer prize for their dramatic version of the novel.

Porgy is a crippled beggar and gambler who lives on Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess is his drug-addicted mistress.

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