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- DescriptionIf you wanted a poem, wrote Gwendolyn Brooks, you only had to look out of a window. There was material always, walking or running, fighting or screaming or singing. From the life of Chicago's South Side she made a forceful and passionate poetry that fused Modernist aesthetics with African-American cultural tradition, a poetry that registered the life of the streets and the upheavals of the 20th century. Starting withA Street in Bronzeville(1945), her epoch-making debut volume, The Essential Gwendolyn Brookstraces the full arc of her career in all its ambitious scope and unexpected stylistic shifts. Her formal range, writes editor Elizabeth Alexander, is most impressive, as she experiments with sonnets, ballads, spirituals, blues, full and off-rhymes. She is thing short of a technical virtuoso. That technical virtuosity was matched by a restless curiosity about the life around her in all its explosive variety. By turns compassionate, angry, satiric, and psychologically penetrating, Gwendolyn Brooks's poetry retains its power to move and surprise.
- Author BiographyElizabeth Alexander, editor of this volume, is the author of four books of poems, includingAmerican Sublime, and the essay collectionThe Black Interior. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation as well as the George Kent Award, given by Gwendolyn Brooks. She is a professor at Yale University.
- Author(s)Gwendolyn Brooks
- PublisherThe Library of America
- Date of Publication16/10/2014
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleAmerican Poets Project
- Series Part/Volume Number19
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Library of America
- Weight308 g
- Width117 mm
- Height200 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byThomas E Donnelley Professor of African American Studies Elizabeth Alexander
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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