Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists

By Harold Bloom | Go to book overview

Lucille Clifton

b. 1936

LUCILLE CLIFTON was born Thelma Lucille Sayles on June 27,1936, in Depew, New York.She was named Lucille after her great-grandmother, who was the first black woman legally hanged in Virginia (she shot and killed the white man who impregnated her, but her mother's standing in the community was such that she was not lynched). Lucille Sayles's parents were estranged and her family quite poor; nevertheless, she grew up in a nurturing and supportive environment filled with stories of her family's history, all of which she missed a great deal when she attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., from 1953 to 1955. After two years at Howard, she attended Fredonia State Teachers College (now State University of New York College at Fredonia) for a year. She married educator, writer, and artist Fred James Clifton in 1958; they would eventually have six children. Her family figures prominently in Clifton's work.

Clifton's first job was as a claims clerk for the New York State Division of Employment in Buffalo, New York.After working there for two years ( 1958-60), she gave up her career to stay home and raise her children. She took to writing only in her early thirties, by which time she also resumed employment, this time in the academic community: she was a literature assistant for the Central Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory from 1969 to 1971 and poet in residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore from 1971 to 1974.

Clifton's first book of poetry, Good Times, was published in 1969 to critical acclaim, being cited as one of the year's ten best books by the New York Times. This volume was followed by several other books of poetry: Good News about the Earth: New Poems ( 1972), An Ordinary Woman ( 1974), Two-Headed Woman ( 1980), the retrospective Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 ( 1987), Next: New Poems ( 1987), and Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 ( 1991). Clifton's poems discuss racial issues, celebrate her blackness and her womanhood, and explore her spiritual experiences. Clifton

-64-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists *
  • Contents *
  • User's Guide vi
  • The Life of the Author vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Maya Angelou 1
  • Imamu Amiri Baraka 15
  • Gwendolyn Brooks 34
  • Alice Childress 51
  • Lucille Clifton 64
  • Owen Dodson 78
  • James A. Emanuel 92
  • Lorraine Hansberry 104
  • Robert Hayden 121
  • Melvin B. Tolson 138
  • Margaret Walker 152
  • Jay Wright 167
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 182

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.