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A Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Kent, George E.

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ISBN 10: 0813116597 / ISBN 13: 9780813116594
Published by Univ Pr of Kentucky, U.S.A., 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Thisis a fine hardcover first edition, first printing copy in a mylar protected DJ that has closed nips, white spine. Inscribed on half title page: "For Marcia, Thank you for your warm kindness! Sincerely, Gwendolyn Brooks, April 1991." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 072874

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Title: A Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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This is the first full-scale biography of Gwendolyn Brooks, one of America's major poets. George E. Kent, a longtime friend and literary associate of the poet in Chicago, was given exclusive access to Brooks' early notebooks, which she kept from the age of seven. Kent also interviewed Brooks, her mother, and other family members in Chicago and elsewhere. He scoured records and correspondence with her publishers, editors, and agent. He participated in the poet's literary enterprises and in her wide circle of literary and family friends. The study reveals intimate acquaintance with the Harlem Renaissance, with the Chicago literary scene and its leading figures from the thirties on, with historical developments in black culture and consciousness, and with the significant figures and activities that impressed the poet's life and art. It places Brooks' work in the context of the civil rights movement, the black arts movement, and black nationalism. Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1950 for Annie Allen and is today widely recognized as one of the nation's leading poets, yet her work has received less than its due from mainstream critics. Kent's authoritative book has been one step in correcting that neglect.

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This long-awaited volume by the late George Kent is the first full-scale biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Kent carefully chronicles Brooks's aesthetic and political development in relation to familial and literary influences, the Chicago arts community, and the civil rights and black nationalist movements. Brooks is dramatically and critically portrayed as an artist struggling to create a style that reflects the particularities of her own and other black Americans' experiences while conveying a greater universalism in black life and literature. Her achievements as a critic, teacher, speaker, philanthropist, and activist are also emphasized. Enriched by generous quotes from Brooks's early notebooks, as well as anecdotes from the poet, her family, and her friends, this book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in Brooks or American poetry.
- Deborah Gussman, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.
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