The Heart of a Woman offers the first-ever biography of Florence B. Price, a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem
and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works. Price's twenty-five
years in Chicago formed the core of a working life that saw her create three hundred works in diverse genres, including symphonies
and orchestral suites, art songs, vocal and choral music, and arrangements of spirituals. Through interviews and a wealth
of material from public and private archives, Rae Linda Brown illuminates Price's major works while exploring the considerable
depth of her achievement. Brown also traces the life of the extremely private individual from her childhood in Little Rock
through her time at the New England Conservatory, her extensive teaching, and her struggles with racism, poverty, and professional
jealousies. In addition, Brown provides musicians and scholars with dozens of musical examples.