- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 3
American writer and lyricist whose 1925 novel "Porgy", co-written with his wife Dorothy, became the foundation of the hit musical "Porgy and Bess." The Heywards' book became a well-received play in 1927. He subsequently wrote most of the lyrics for the Gershwin opera which had its Broadway opening in 1935. Many of his books were the result of his time spent on the docks in Charleston where he became fascinated with Gullah culture. In addition to other novels, including "Mamba's Daughter," he wrote the screenplay for the movie "The Emperor Jones," released in 1933. Heyward died of a heart attack on 16 June 1940 in Tryon, North Carolina, aged 55.