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Annie Allen

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Hardcover, 60 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Greenwood-Heinemann Publishing
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Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Annie Allen in 1950, making her the first African American woman to win the illustrious award. A sequel to her Street Called Bronzeville, Annie Allen continues to describe in detail the African American experience during the late 1940s. Through her expressive language, Brooks relates how African Americans navigated post war America, and this vivid collection has stood the test of time.

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Apr 23, 2008 James rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of poetry
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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
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Line to line, this is beautiful. I'm not sure I understand the totality -- but I want to read more of her work and more about her life.
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Book of poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks that was published in 1949, and for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. This made her the first African American to ever receive a Pulitzer Prize.
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This book is a long poem divided into three main sections. From birth to womanhood the story of Annie Allen. Ti is very different to review a book like this, however I find the use of poetry to tell a story beautiful. Brooks also is has a masterful command of the English language. The language she uses wonderful weaves and creates a story of self-actualization. Quick read and I enjoyed it.
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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 ...more
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And be it gash or gold it will not come
Again in this identical disguise.”
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