Gwendolyn Brooks

Brooks, Gwendolyn Elizabeth

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks, 1917–2000, American poet, b. Topeka, Kans. She grew up in the slums of Chicago and lived in that city until her death. Brooks's poems, technically accomplished and written in a variety of forms including quatrains, free verse, ballads, and sonnets, deal with the experience of being black and often of being female in America. She attracted critical attention with her first volume, A Street in Bronzeville (1945). Brooks went on to win the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Annie Allen (1949), becoming the first black woman to win this award. Her verse was collected in The World of Gwendolyn Brooks (1970), which also includes an earlier novelette, Maud Martha (1953). Her work took on a more radical tone beginning with In the Mecca (1968); the subsequent poems in Riot (1970) are written in street dialects. Her other writings include Primer for Blacks (1980) and To Disembark (1981).

See her autobiographies, Report from Part One (1972) and Report from Part Two (1995).

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Gwendolyn Brooks: Selected full-text books and articles

Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood By J. B. Bernstein; Karen J. Donnelly Bergin & Garvey, 1996
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Gwendolyn Brooks By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 2000
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"A Material Collapse That Is Construction": History and Counter-Memory in Gwendolyn Brooks's in the Mecca By Lowney, John MELUS, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 1998
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Double Consciousness, Modernism, and Womanist Themes in Gwendolyn Brooks's "The Anniad" By Jimoh, A. Yemisi MELUS, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 1998
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Reflecting Violence in the Warpland: Gwendolyn Brooks's Riot By Debo, Annette African American Review, Vol. 39, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer 2005
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The Last Quatrain: Gwendolyn Brooks and the Ends of Ballads By Ford, Karen Jackson Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 56, No. 3, Fall 2010
"The Kindergarten of New Consciousness": Gwendolyn Brooks and the Social Construction of Childhood By Flynn, Richard African American Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 2000
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The Death and Life of a Chicago Edifice: Gwendolyn Brooks's "In the Mecca" By Kukrechtova, Daniela African American Review, Vol. 43, No. 2-3, Summer-Fall 2009
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Southern Patriarchy and the Figure of the White Woman in Gwendolyn Brooks's "A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon" By McKibbin, Molly Littlewood African American Review, Vol. 44, No. 4, Winter 2011
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Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.2, 2002
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