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Swing AlongThe Musical Life of Will Marion Cook$
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Marva Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.001.0001

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(p.5) Chapter 1 Boyhood
Swing Along

Marva Griffin Carter

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses William Mercer Cook as he grew from child to adolescent. It explains several important points in his life, from the death of his father, his journey with his mother, and the life that he had when he stayed with his relatives. It also narrates Will’s decision to pursue his latent desire to study music at Oberlin College. It adds that his artistic ability was undoubtedly inherited from his paternal grandfather, who once organized an orchestra in Detroit, wherein he played the violin and clarinet. It then explains that the violin was to become the instrument upon which Will would choose to express his musicality.

Keywords:   childhood, John Hartwell Cook, Oberlin College, Isabel Marion Cook, Chattanooga, Tennessee, William Lewis

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