Marian Anderson has given so many interviews in her long and distinguished career that the author had virtually miles of direct quotations to employ as dialogue. The author also benefited from the existence of Marian Anderson's autobiography, My Lord What A Morning, a 1956 bestseller and still the preferable book for this age group if you can afford only one. Nevertheless, Lady from Philadelphia is good biography and expands on some of the material in the subject's own book, which was written with a modesty no biographer need bring to writing. The book ends with an interview between the author and Marian Anderson, bringing the fascinating, dramatic life story up-to-date. The family details, the career, Miss Anderson's musicianship and philosophy of living and working make for the sense of a total, intimate view that readers at any age level hope for when they turn to contemporary biography.