The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: 18th Century Black Violinist and Swordsman

Thursday, November 12th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Join historical novelist and music historian Susanne Dunlap, Smith College class of 1976, for an audio-visual presentation about the life of one of the most fascinating historical figures in her novel, The Paris Affair: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Saint-Georges was notable not only for being the finest violinist in Paris at that time, but also a composer, music director, and expert swordsman.


Joseph's eventful life spans pre-revolutionary Paris, an active role in the French Revolution through the Duc d'Orleans, and journeys to London and a period in prison. But those weren't the only qualities that distinguished the extraordinary man. Known as the Black Mozart, he was also of mixed race. His father was a landowner in Guadaloupe, and his mother, an enslaved servant - a beautiful Black creole who was a maid to the elder Bologne's wife.


About Susanne Dunlap

Susanne Dunlap is the author of ten historical novels for adults and teens. She has spoken at writing conferences and to book groups as an author and as a music historian with a Yale PhD, has delivered papers and presentations at international musicological conferences. Susanne is also an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified Book Coach, currently living in Northampton – half a mile from the Smith campus.



Please visit Susanne’s website at: For book coaching, Susanne's podcast, It’s Just Historical, is available  wherever you get podcasts and at the podcast website: Facebook is Her Twitter handle is @susanne_dunlap, and the same for Instagram.


In case you would like to read The Paris Affair prior to her talk (or afterwards), it may be purchased in paperback at, or by order through your local bookstore, in paperback or ebook at Amazon.


Topic: The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: 18th Century Black Violinist and Swordsman

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM (EST)

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Attendance will be limited.

Cost: Free to Members and Non-Members

You must be registered before 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020, to join the event.

The Zoom link and password details will be shared the day before and again a few hours prior to the event.