Essential Gwendolyn Brooks

ISBN-10: 1931082871

ISBN-13: 9781931082877

Edition: 2005

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Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago's South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks took her place as one of the most influential American poets of the 20th century, distilling modernist style through the sounds and shapes of a variety of African-American forms and Idioms. Now Elizabeth Alexander, one of our leading experts on African-American literature and culture, presents a sweeping new selection of Brooks's poetry.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 11/17/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 174
Size: 5.05" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 17, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas. She graduated from Wilson Junior College in Chicago in 1936 and received her L.H.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Columbia College in 1964. She was the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Children Coming Home, Blacks, To Disembark, The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems, Riot, In the Mecca, The Bean Eaters, and A Street in Bronzeville. In 1950, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Annie Allen. She wrote numerous other books including a novel, Maud Martha, Report from Part One: An Autobiography, a book of poetry for children Bronzeville Boys and Girls, and several children's fiction books. She was named Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968. She also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Frost Medal, a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Guggenheim Foundation. She died on December 3, 2000.

Kitchenette building
The mother
Hunchback girl : she thinks of heaven
A song in the front yard
The ballad of chocolate Mabbie
The preacher : ruminates behind the sermon
Sadie and Maud
When you have forgotten Sunday : the love story of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery
The vacant lot
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith
Negro hero
Ballad of Pearl May Lee
Gay chaps at the bar
Still do I keep my look, my identity ...
My dreams, my works, must wait till after hell
The white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men
Love note / I : surely
The progress
The birth in a narrow room
Maxie Allen
The parents : people like our marriage : Maxie and Andrew
Sunday chicken
Old relative
Downtown vaudeville
The ballad of late Annie
Throwing out the flowers
"Do not be afraid of no"
"Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps"
My own sweet good
The Anniad
Appendix to The Anniad
The children of the poor
The rites for cousin Vit
I love those little booths at Benvenuti's
Beverly Hills, Chicago
"One wants a teller in a time like this"
"Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the road"
Strong men, riding horses
The bean eaters
We real cool
Old Mary
A Bronzeville mother loiters in Mississippi : meanwhile, a Mississippi mother burns bacon
The last quatrain of the ballad of Emmett Till
The Chicago Defender sends a man to Little Rock
The lovers of the poor
The crazy woman
A lovely love
Bronzeville woman in a red hat
Bessie of Bronzeville visits Mary and Norman at a beach-house in New Buffalo
The ballad of Rudolph Reed
The egg boiler
A catch of shy fish
Boy breaking glass
Medgar Evers
Malcom X
The Chicago Picasso
The wall
The Blackstone rangers
The sermon on the warpland
The second sermon on the warpland
The third sermon on the warpland
The life of Lincoln West
To Don at Salaam
Paul Robeson
The boy died in my alley
Steam song
Elegy in a rainbow
Primer for blacks
To those of my sisters who kept their naturals
The near-Johannesburg boy
Shorthand possible
The Coora flower
Nineteen cows in a slow line walking
I am a black
Uncle Seagram
An old black woman, homeless, and indistinct
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