Gwendolyn Brooks


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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: 4.21 · 6,327 ratings · 647 reviews · 73 distinct worksSimilar authors
Selected Poems

4.22 avg rating — 2,018 ratings — published 1963 — 9 editions
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Maud Martha

4.14 avg rating — 1,536 ratings — published 1953 — 3 editions
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The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks

4.33 avg rating — 506 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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Blacks

4.43 avg rating — 312 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Bronzeville Boys and Girls

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4.03 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 1956 — 5 editions
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Annie Allen

4.11 avg rating — 167 ratings — published 1972
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We Real Cool

4.35 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 1966
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A Street in Bronzeville

4.33 avg rating — 168 ratings — published 1945 — 4 editions
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In the Mecca

4.27 avg rating — 103 ratings — published 1968
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The Bean Eaters

4.32 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1950 — 4 editions
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“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.”
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“Writing is a delicious agony.”
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