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Gwendolyn Brooks: Past American Voice

Poetry

Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson

Catalog Number: 20170602, 20110204, 20040721, 20020814, 20010207

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks' birth, we turn to our extensive archive to present this look back at the legacy of the legendary poet. The first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her 1949 poetry collection, Annie Allen, Brooks went on to influence generations of poets. In this compilation made from a 1984 program and parts 1 and 2 of a 1988 interview, Brooks reads from her works, including her famous "We Real Cool" poem, and talks about her childhood, her decision to leave Harper & Row for a black publishing company, and the recognition of her own mortality.

| Subject Matter: African-American, Women, Mortality | Interview Year: 1984, 1988 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pulitzer Prize |

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