By George Kent
This is often the 1st full-scale biography of Gwendolyn Brooks, one in every of America's significant poets. George E. Kent, an established pal and literary affiliate of the poet in Chicago, was once given particular entry to Brooks' early notebooks, which she stored from the age of 7. Kent additionally interviewed Brooks, her mom, and different relatives in Chicago and somewhere else. He scoured documents and correspondence together with her publishers, editors, and agent. He participated within the poet's literary corporations and in her extensive circle of literary and kin neighbors. The examine unearths intimate acquaintance with the Harlem Renaissance, with the Chicago literary scene and its major figures from the thirties on, with old advancements in black tradition and awareness, and with the numerous figures and actions that inspired the poet's existence and paintings. It locations Brooks' paintings within the context of the civil rights flow, the black arts circulation, and black nationalism. Gwendolyn Brooks gained the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1950 for Annie Allen and is this day widely known as one of many nation's prime poets, but her paintings has got lower than its due from mainstream critics. Kent's authoritative e-book has been one step in correcting that overlook.
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She thought well of her dark skin. She was too much aware of feelings of beauty and excited responses to the universe to accept fully the judgments of this other universe, although she would also yearn for its acceptance. There must be some way the world could be made to appreciate her being. Like Marian, the unfulfilled housewife of In the Mecca, she could not feel that she was truly seen. ness fully regis.. tered. But jangling at her side, too, was the uneasy understanding that others felt her inferior-a knowledge that would follow her all through school.
Periodically over the years she would struggle to write of the experience but would not succeed until the publication of In the Mecca in 1968. Despite disappointments, Gwendolyn was on the verge of a transforma'" tion in her social and intellectual life. At the continued urging of her friend Lula Battle, she attended a meeting of the NAACP Youth Council-and joined. At that time, the Youth Council was the most militant organization for black youth except for organizations of the Left. Young black writers and Into the Morrow 43 intellectuals gathered there in a community of aspirers.
We do not know. Perhaps fame. Perhaps obscurity. Perhaps wealth. Perhaps poverty. We do not know. " At first there was some reason for optimism. Since her seventeenth year, Gwendolyn had been publishing poems in the Chicago Defender. She could write a good precise story, and she had "published" a newspaper of her own at the age of 13-The Champlain Weekly News, which was handwritten and sold for 5 cents. 1 The news for this neighborhood paper was often born when neighborhood women told her mother stories regarding "their trou..
A Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by George Kent