Playing On All the Keys: The Life of Walter F. Anderson

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Walter F. Anderson was one of nine children, born in Zanesville, Ohio, the grandson of former slaves, and a child prodigy in music. When he was hired by Antioch College in 1946, he set a precedent, being the first African American chair of a department in any predominantly white institution of higher learning in the United States. He was Coretta Scott King's professor, and helped Leontyne Price get her start on the concert stage. His career was capped as Chair of the Music Committee at the National Endowment for the Arts. Throughout, he managed to stretch his days to outrun everyone else, and several prestigious posthumous awards attest to his triumphant accomplishments.

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Joan Horn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1933 and graduated from Antioch College in 1956 and the Ohio State University in 1978. She has taught elementary school and directed a residential environmental center. After a lifetime of creative writing for fun, she built on her interest in music and her docent work for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as her 50-year friendship with Walter Anderson, to write about his life. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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The book put me on a road of very sentimental nostalgic memories and, from time to time, almost bringing tears into my eyes. It is an excellent story not only about Andy, but about decades of life and persons around him. It is, in a sense, a biography of America in the second half of the past century. --Mitya Mersol, Editor, Delo newspaper, Ljubljana, Slovenia

At the Antioch Reunion I acquired two books that became my most pleasurable reading over the summer. One was Joan Horn's Playing On All the Keys, which reintroduced me to Andy, whom I had known only casually as a chorister during my three years at Antioch. What a talented and fascinating individual he was! And what challenges he met to live such a full and rich life! Beautifully structured and written, I had difficulty in putting it down. --Deborah Curtiss, Business writer and artist, Antioch Alumna

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