Marilyn Nelson





Marilyn Nelson

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Marilyn Nelson is the author of many acclaimed books for young people and adults, including CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL, a Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She also translated THE LADDER, a picture book by Halfdan Rasmussen. She lives in East Haddam, Connecticut.

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Average rating: 3.92 · 2,413 ratings · 579 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
A Wreath for Emmett Till
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 821 ratings — published 2005 — 6 editions
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Carver: A Life in Poems
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 506 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story
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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 239 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Snook Alone
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 180 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Fortune's Bones: The Manumi...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 124 ratings — published 2004
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Sweethearts of Rhythm
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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How I Discovered Poetry
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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The Fields of Praise: New a...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Miss Crandall's School for ...
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Ostrich and Lark
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“How sweet it is to let God purge our souls of ego and bitterness, and to have a little taste of heaven here on earth.”
Marilyn Nelson, Carver: A Life in Poems

“What is gentlest in love is love's violence.
Losing yourself in love, you reach love's goal.
Love makes you suffer, as love makes you whole.
Love steals your everything and makes you rich.
Love is both meaningless and poetry.
Captured by love, by love you are set free.”
Marilyn Nelson

“I did not have to learn to love you: You were chosen for me. I knew that the first time I saw you.

—George Washington Carver”
Marilyn Nelson, Carver: A Life in Poems

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