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Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000)

Autor(a) de Selected Poems

65+ Works 2,206 Membros 37 Críticas 9 Favorited

About the Author

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, mostrar mais 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. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Gwendolyn Brooks

Selected Poems (1963) 751 exemplares
Maud Martha (1953) 362 exemplares
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (2005) 206 exemplares
Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1967) 185 exemplares
Blacks (1987) 180 exemplares
A Street in Bronzeville (1945) 33 exemplares
Report from Part One (1972) 33 exemplares
In the Mecca: Poems (1968) 29 exemplares
Annie Allen (1949) 29 exemplares
To Disembark (1981) 28 exemplares
The World of Gwendolyn Brooks (1971) 26 exemplares
We Are Shining (2017) 26 exemplares
In Montgomery and Other Poems (2003) 24 exemplares
Riot (1950) 21 exemplares
Tiger Who Wore White Gloves (1974) 21 exemplares
Beckonings (1975) 15 exemplares
Family Pictures (1970) 15 exemplares
Aloneness (1971) 14 exemplares
The Bean Eaters (2012) 13 exemplares
A Broadside Treasury: 1965-1970 (1971) — Editor — 11 exemplares
Very Young Poets (1983) 11 exemplares
Report from Part Two (1996) 11 exemplares
Children coming home (1991) 11 exemplares
Primer for Blacks (1991) 11 exemplares
Winnie (1750) 10 exemplares
Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology (1971) 10 exemplares
We Real Cool 7 exemplares
Essential Brooks CD (2006) 4 exemplares
Young Poet's Primer (1981) 3 exemplares
The Near-Johannesburg Boy (1987) 2 exemplares
Poems and Annotations: Trilogy (1994) 2 exemplares
Riot: A Poem in Three Parts (1970) 1 exemplar
In The Mecca 1 exemplar
Poetry 1 exemplar
Black Position, No 3 (1979) 1 exemplar
Marie Lucille 1 exemplar
Narcissa 1 exemplar
Andre 1 exemplar
Vern 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,266 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições926 exemplares
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contribuidor — 392 exemplares
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor, algumas edições385 exemplares
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contribuidor — 372 exemplares
The Black Poets (1983) — Contribuidor — 360 exemplares
Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature (Mentor) (1968) — Contribuidor — 326 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
Poets of World War II (2003) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960 (1987) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library (2021) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Black-Eyed Susans; Classic Stories By and About Black Women (1975) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1997) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
A Way Out of No Way: Writing about Growing Up Black in America (1996) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (2017) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
It's All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family, and Friends (2009) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
My Name Is Afrika (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições10 exemplares
These Hands I Know: African-American Writers on Family (2002) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work — Narrador, algumas edições2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Brooks has genuine talent and skill. But her themes and style do not appeal to me, personally.
Treebeard_404 | 6 outras críticas | Apr 26, 2024 |
A novella composed of short, lyrical vignettes, Maud Martha follows the eponymous protagonist over some 20 years, from childhood through to marriage and motherhood from the '20s through to the end of WW2. Maud is bright and sentimental and imaginative, stuck in an unsatisfying marriage and a run-down apartment in a racist city, but perpetually full of day dreams and hope for the future. Gwendolyn Brooks' prose makes the everyday beautiful and conjures up vividly what life must have been like in a mid-century, predominantly Black and working-class community in Chicago. Definitely recommended.… (mais)
siriaeve | 7 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2024 |
PDFBRO | 1 Poem | “We Real Cool” is a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, first published in her 1960 collection The Bean Eaters. The poem describes a group of teenagers hanging out outside of a pool hall. It imagines these teenagers as rebels who proudly defy convention and authority—and who will likely pay for their behavior with their lives. “We Real Cool” directly links the pool players' delinquent behavior to the likelihood of their dying young. Hence, the poem's troubling final sentence: “We / Die soon” (lines 7–8). By contributing to the early deaths of the pool players, the pool hall reveals the deeper significance of its name. “We Real Cool” directly links the pool players' delinquent behavior to the likelihood of their dying young. Hence, the poem's troubling final sentence: “We / Die soon” (lines 7–8). By contributing to the early deaths of the pool players, the pool hall reveals the deeper significance of its name. | Selected Poems is the classic volume by the distinguished and celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. This compelling collection showcases Brooks's technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world. This edition also includes a special PS section with insights, interviews, and more—including a short piece by Nikki Giovanni entitled "Remembering Gwen."

By 1963 the civil rights movement was in full swing across the United States, and more and more African American writers were increasingly outspoken in attacking American racism and insisting on full political, economic, and social equality for all. In that memorable year of the March on Washington, Harper & Row released Brooks’s Selected Poems, which incorporated poems from her first three collections, as well as a selection of new poems.

This edition of Selected Poems includes A Street in Bronzeville, Brooks's first published volume of poetry for which she became nationally known and which led to successive Guggenheim fellowships; Annie Allen, published one year before she became the first African American author to win the Pulitzer Prize in any category; and The Bean Eaters, her fifth publication which expanded her focus from studies of the lives of mainly poor urban black Americans to the heroism of early civil rights workers and events of particular outrage—including the 1955 Emmett Till lynching and the 1957 school desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. |
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5653735991n | 6 outras críticas | Sep 15, 2023 |
At age 7, Maud Martha wants to be "cherished,"
at age 18, she wants "to caress."

Not sure that she attained both of these in this marriage to her first husband,
his infidelities because she was not "pretty," and their grey apartment...
her early life with a real home - with sweet potato pie -was missed by both her and likely many readers.

She loved the Dandelions, the Snow and saved the Mouse!

The short, short chapters deliver gentle terse descriptions of both people and rooms
as she "kept herself to herself."
… (mais)
m.belljackson | 7 outras críticas | Apr 26, 2023 |



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