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It's sad that a review has yet to be written for Gwendolyn Brooks' "Annie Allen." There's not even a cover picture for the book yet. Brooks is known for her highly anthologized poem "We Real Cool," and this collection is a great way to get acquainted with her earlier poetry and begin to become familiarized with her extensive body of work. "Annie Allen" won the Pulitzer in 1950, which is not the least bit surprising considering her work. Her words are striking and fluid and the poems are masterfu...more
Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas--the first child of David and Keziah Brooks--Gwendolyn Brooks is "a Chicagoan." The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was ma...moreMore about Gwendolyn Brooks...