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African American Women Writers

Although Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1956) never published a volume of poetry, she often found publishers for her poems in local newspapers and in prominent journals, such as Opportunity and The Crisis. During the 1920s, she was recognized as one of the leading female poets of the Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro movement, and her poetry was included in the main anthologies of the period. Grimké began writing at a young age, and, as early as 1893 at the age of 13, she received public praise for her first published poem. Also known for several polemical plays against lynching, one of which, Rachel, was staged in 1916 and later published in 1920, and for several short stories, the majority of which also deal with the lynching theme, Grimké is recognized primarily for her contribution to American poetry.*

Genre: Poetry

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*Rhyne, J. (2001). Angelina Weld Grimké 1880-1956. In E. L. Haralson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American poetry: the twentieth century. Routledge. Credo Reference.

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