Gwendolyn Brooks

Standard Name: Brooks, Gwendolyn


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Intertextuality and Influence Helen Oyeyemi
This is HO 's haunted house novel; she reports having been inspired by Shirley Jackson 's The Haunting of Hill House.
Harrison, Niall. “Throwing Voices And Observing Transformations: An Interview With Helen Oyeyemi”. Strange Horizons.
The novel, which opens with an epigraph from African-American poet Gwendolyn Brooks
Literary responses Grace Nichols
GN 's publishers quote glowing opinions about her work. Gwendolyn Brooks has praised her rich music, an easy lyricism . . . also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean,Jeanette Winterson
Occupation Alice Walker
She supplemented her Radcliffe Institute writing fellowship (worth $5,000, awarded for a year and extended for a second year) by teaching at Wellesley College .
White, Evelyn. Alice Walker. A Life. Norton.
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There her course on black women writers...
Reception Alice Walker
Critic Barbara Smith , who read the book in galley proof, foresaw that it would rock the publishing world. Incest? Lesbianism? Letters to God? In black English? It was from another planet. Without question, it...


1950: Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize (the...

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Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize (the first African American to do so) for her poetry volume Annie Allen. Annie lives, like the poet, on Chicago's South Side (Bronzeville).
Watkins, Mel. “Gwendolyn Brooks, 83, Passionate Poet, Dies”. New York Times.

September 1957: Desegregation of education in the American...

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September 1957

Desegregation of education in the American South met with resistance: the Governor of Arkansas closed the Little Rock public schools and opened them as private, segregated ones in defiance of Federal policy.


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