Gwendolyn Brooks


Born
in Topeka, Kansas, The United States
June 07, 1917

Died
December 03, 2000

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Gwendolyn Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Annie Allen and one of the most celebrated Black poets. She also served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress—the first Black woman to hold that position. She was the poet laureate for the state of Illinois for over thirty years, a National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her works include We Are Shining, Bronzeville Boys and Girls, A Street in Bronzeville, In the Mecca, The Bean Eaters, and Maud Martha.

Average rating: 4.19 · 5,280 ratings · 516 reviews · 68 distinct worksSimilar authors
Selected Poems

4.22 avg rating — 1,786 ratings — published 1963 — 9 editions
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Maud Martha

4.10 avg rating — 1,347 ratings — published 1953 — 3 editions
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The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks

4.30 avg rating — 371 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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Blacks

4.41 avg rating — 291 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Bronzeville Boys and Girls

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4.01 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 1956 — 5 editions
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Annie Allen

4.12 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 1972
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We Real Cool

4.33 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 1966
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A Street in Bronzeville

4.36 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1945 — 3 editions
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In the Mecca

4.28 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1968
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The Bean Eaters

4.36 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1950 — 3 editions
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More books by Gwendolyn Brooks…
“Live not for Battles Won.
Live not for The-End-of-the-Song.
Live in the along.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, Report from Part One

“We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.”
Gwendolyn Brooks

“Writing is a delicious agony.”
Gwendolyn Brooks

Polls

September 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  46 votes, 14.2%

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 1992, 559 pgs
 
  35 votes, 10.8%

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, 1985, 324 pgs
 
  30 votes, 9.3%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969, 448 pgs
 
  29 votes, 9.0%

Dubliners by James Joyce, 1914, 207 pgs
 
  27 votes, 8.4%

Sophie's Choice by William Styron, 1979, 562 pgs
 
  19 votes, 5.9%

 
  18 votes, 5.6%

 
  18 votes, 5.6%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906, 335 pgs
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, 1927, 256 pgs
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 1990, 555 pgs
 
  14 votes, 4.3%

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, 1913, 468 pgs
 
  12 votes, 3.7%

 
  11 votes, 3.4%

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1924, 225 pgs
 
  11 votes, 3.4%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 1923, 127 pgs
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, 1934, 308 pgs
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

The Street by Ann Petry, 1946, 435 pgs
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1953, 180 pgs
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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