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African American Women Writers

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was a significant voice in American poetry for over half a century. If, rightly enough, she is described as a major figure in the history of African-American literature, such a description should not be allowed to pigeonhole her in any way or to limit her suggested relevance or appeal. The ways in which she synthesised specifically African-American influences with what she had learned from such exemplars as DickinsonWhitmanEliot and Cummings, and in which she made of such 'European' forms as the sonnet on the one hand and evinced clear debts to the blues on the other, made her work both various and wide-ranging in its appeal.

Genre: Poetry; Relationship fiction

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