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New Book Presents Modern-Day Issues through Lingering Melodies

Author Harold Hayes treats opera-goers and literature lovers as he releases through Xlibris his new book An American Opera in Prose. This release will draw readers as it revolves around the themes of life and society.

Putting the spotlight onto a stern African-American man, An American Opera in Prose centers on the American condition as understood by the author. It is about the endemic sorrows that Hayes sees as having always trailed the nation’s prosperity. Through this striking opera, he hopes that he can aid readers in discovering an alternative to those sorrows. He offers not a solution or a program, but some terms in which to think.

An American Opera in Prose replaces music with the prosody and imagery of language to create episodes in which the chance encounters and conversations of diverse characters converge upon one emerging theme: the wisdom of bringing a biological perspective to the problems of life. Striking and eye-opening, it is an unforgettable book where the author applies the rigor of philosophical thought to problems he sees as fundamental to today’s time, in a style more shamanistic than professorial. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Harold Hayes grew up in an Air Force family (his father was a Tuskegee Airman), and lived on the east and west coasts of the U.S., and in Japan, France, and Germany. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in philosophy and served in the Peace Corps in Thailand. Hayes has an M.A. in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a concentration in medical philosophy and medical psychology. A member of the International Academy of Arms and the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association, the author currently owns and directs Pacific Fencing Club in Alameda, CA, and teaches fencing at Mills College.

An American Opera in Prose * by Harold Hayes
Publication Date: February 19, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 141 pages; 978-1-4500-3354-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 141 pages; 978-1-4500-3355-8

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876.

For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at


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