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The purpose of a biography is to enhance the readers knowledge about a particular persons life in this case Florence Beatrice Price and offer a sort of historical background focusing on significant events accomplishments and personal aspects of that particular individuals life Ideally the writer molds complex biographical factsbirth and death education ambition conflict milieu work relationship accidentinto a book or article that has the independent vitality of any creative work but is at the same time true to life Barbara Garvey Jackson author of the biography on Florence Price chosen for this class has noted that the purpose of her article is to assess the cultural world in which she Florence grew up her own life and professional career in Little Rock and Chicago and the present states of study about her In my opinion Jackson does an exceptional job in providing the type of information that she purposely set out to offer such inquisitive readers like myselfLet me begin by offering a tidbit of biographical information about Florence Price Florence Beatrice Smith Price was born April 9 1888 in Little Rock Arkansas She was the third child born to Dr James H Smith a dentist and Florence Irene Gull a schoolteacher Previous to studying composition and organ at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston Florence received her first musical training from her mother at age four After much musical education she was soon found teaching in the music departments at Shorter College in Arkansas 1906-1910 and Clark University in Georgia 1910-1912 In 1912 she married Thomas J Price and together they had three children Florence successfully established herself as a concert pianist church organist composer and teacher which soon became her claim to fame A prominent composer of the Harlem Renaissance Florence Price published her first composition at age eleven and at age sixteen began receiving modest fees for her publications Among her most famous compositions is the Symphony in E
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