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The Resource A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, Angela Jackson

A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, Angela Jackson

Label
A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
Title
A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun
Title remainder
the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
Statement of responsibility
Angela Jackson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a protégé of Langston Hughes and mentor to a generation of poets, including Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poetry took inspiration from the complex portraits of black American life she observed growing up on Chicago's South Side, a world of kitchenette apartments and vibrant streets. From the desk in her bedroom, as a child she filled countless notebooks with poetry, encouraged by the likes of Hughes and affirmed by Richard Wright, who later called her work "raw and real." Over the next sixty years, Brooks's poetry served as witness to the stark realities of urban life: the evils of lynching, the murders of Emmett Till and Malcolm X, the revolutionary effects of the civil rights movement, and the burgeoning power of the Black Arts Movement. Critical acclaim and the distinction in 1950 of being the first black person ever awarded a Pulitzer Prize helped solidify Brooks as a unique and powerful voice. Now, fellow Chicagoan and award-winning writer Angela Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of Brooks's work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks's family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist's long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent, using forty-three of Brooks's most soul-stirring poems as a guide. From trying to fit in at school, to loving her physical self, to marriage and motherhood, to young men on her block, to breaking history, to newfound acceptance from her community and her elevation to a "surprising queenhood", Brooks lived life through her work. Jackson deftly unpacks it all for both longtime admirers of Brooks and newcomers curious about her work and interior life. This book is a commemoration of a writer who negotiated black womanhood and a changing, restless world with incomparable brilliance--an artistic maverick way ahead of her time.--Adapted from jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jackson, Angela
Dewey number
811/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3503.R7244
LC item number
Z685 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn
  • Poets, American
  • African American poets
  • African American poets
  • Poets, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
  • POETRY / American / African American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
  • POETRY / American / African American
Label
A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, Angela Jackson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Grant me a voice, and speaking eyes" -- Visionaries -- A light and diplomatic bird -- Hitting her stride -- A Pulitzer is a smile -- Black is beautiful -- A surprised queenhood -- Journeys -- Blacks -- Immortality of a kind
Control code
ocn958097203
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9780807025048
Lccn
2017001533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807025048
  • (OCoLC)958097203
Label
A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, Angela Jackson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Grant me a voice, and speaking eyes" -- Visionaries -- A light and diplomatic bird -- Hitting her stride -- A Pulitzer is a smile -- Black is beautiful -- A surprised queenhood -- Journeys -- Blacks -- Immortality of a kind
Control code
ocn958097203
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9780807025048
Lccn
2017001533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807025048
  • (OCoLC)958097203

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