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Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000)

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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, vis mere 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) vis mindre
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Værker af Gwendolyn Brooks

Selected Poems (1963) 739 eksemplarer
Maud Martha (1953) 339 eksemplarer
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (2005) 204 eksemplarer
Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1967) 182 eksemplarer
Blacks (1987) 174 eksemplarer
Report from Part One (1972) 33 eksemplarer
A Street in Bronzeville (1945) 31 eksemplarer
In the Mecca: Poems (1968) 29 eksemplarer
Annie Allen (1949) 28 eksemplarer
To Disembark (1981) 28 eksemplarer
The World of Gwendolyn Brooks (1971) 26 eksemplarer
We Are Shining (2017) 26 eksemplarer
In Montgomery and Other Poems (2003) 24 eksemplarer
Riot (1950) 21 eksemplarer
Tiger Who Wore White Gloves (1974) 20 eksemplarer
Beckonings (1975) 15 eksemplarer
Family Pictures (1970) 15 eksemplarer
Aloneness (1971) 14 eksemplarer
The Bean Eaters (2012) 13 eksemplarer
A Broadside Treasury: 1965-1970 (1971) — Redaktør — 11 eksemplarer
Very Young Poets (1983) 11 eksemplarer
Report from Part Two (1996) 11 eksemplarer
Children coming home (1991) 11 eksemplarer
Primer for Blacks (1991) 10 eksemplarer
Winnie (1750) 10 eksemplarer
Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology (1971) 10 eksemplarer
We Real Cool 6 eksemplarer
Essential Brooks CD (2006) 4 eksemplarer
Young Poet's Primer (1981) 3 eksemplarer
The Near-Johannesburg Boy (1987) 2 eksemplarer
Poems and Annotations: Trilogy (1994) 2 eksemplarer
Annie Allen. [Poems 1 eksemplar
Riot: A Poem in Three Parts (1970) 1 eksemplar
In The Mecca 1 eksemplar
Poetry 1 eksemplar
Black Position, No 3 (1979) 1 eksemplar
Marie Lucille 1 eksemplar
Narcissa 1 eksemplar
Andre 1 eksemplar
Vern 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,249 eksemplarer
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver914 eksemplarer
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Bidragyder — 388 eksemplarer
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver383 eksemplarer
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Bidragyder — 368 eksemplarer
The Black Poets (1983) — Bidragyder — 351 eksemplarer
Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature (Mentor) (1968) — Bidragyder — 319 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Bidragyder — 297 eksemplarer
The Art of Losing (2010) — Bidragyder — 197 eksemplarer
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Bidragyder — 168 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Bidragyder — 141 eksemplarer
Poets of World War II (2003) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Bidragyder — 121 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Bidragyder — 117 eksemplarer
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Bidragyder — 111 eksemplarer
Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960 (1987) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Bidragyder — 96 eksemplarer
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Bidragyder — 67 eksemplarer
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
Black-Eyed Susans; Classic Stories By and About Black Women (1975) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library (2021) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Bidragyder — 56 eksemplarer
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
A Way Out of No Way: Writing about Growing Up Black in America (1996) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
It's All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family, and Friends (2009) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
My Name Is Afrika (1971) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver10 eksemplarer
These Hands I Know: African-American Writers on Family (2002) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work — Fortæller, nogle udgaver1 eksemplar

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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 | 5 andre anmeldelser | 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."
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m.belljackson | 6 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2023 |
Maud Martha, first published in 1953, is the only novel by the celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Like the author, the eponymous protagonist “was born in 1917” and grew up in Chicago. The novel describes her daily experiences as a black woman over two decades, from childhood to marriage and motherhood. And while it is always dangerous to mistake the author for a character in a book, in this case Brooks herself observed (in her 1972 memoir Report from Part One):

"Much in the “story” was taken out of my own life, and twisted, highlighted, or dulled, dressed up or down…"

The novel highlights the pervasive racism and sexism in American society. It is written in the third person, but often (albeit not always) from the perspective of the protagonist. Through her eyes we cannot but note that even when black and white people nominally “interact”, there is the weight of condescending glances, hurtful comments (whether intended or not), a sense of ‘difference’, even in the most banal of contexts, such as when Santa Claus snubs Maud Martha’s daughter Paulette. Maud Martha is no outspoken hero and generally keeps her views to herself. Yet, the novel brims with subtle, quiet fury and occasional outbursts of joy. In the final pages, we meet a pregnant Maud Martha, accompanied by her daughter Paulette, out to celebrate the end of the Second World War. Despite everything, life is still full of hope.

When a poet writes prose, the tritest observation is that the result is “poetic” and “lyrical”. For once, however, such a comment is hardly out of place. This slim novel – perhaps more of a novella – is made up of thirty-four brief chapters capturing specific events, episodes or observations. There are no wasted words and the impressionistic vignettes often surprise the reader with arresting images – dandelions are “yellow jewels for everyday, studding the patched green dress of [the] back yard”, snowflakes are “the very finest bits of white powder coming down with an almost comical little ethereal hauteur, to add themselves to the really important, piled-up masses of their kind”.

It is surprising that this novel has never been published in the UK before. Faber & Faber now address this lacuna with their new edition, introduced by Margo Jefferson as part of the “Faber Editions” series.

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JosephCamilleri | 6 andre anmeldelser | Feb 21, 2023 |
I loved this poetic novel from beginning to end. Maud Martha's commentary on life as a black woman in the early 20th c. was acute and straight forward. The vignettes brought tears to my eyes and sadness to my heart. And yes, laughter as well. I loved the vivid descriptions of place tinged with color or lack thereof (grayness). If you are a fan of her poetry or if you've never read anything she's written, I highly recommend her only novel.
beebeereads | 6 andre anmeldelser | Apr 23, 2022 |



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