Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Annie Allen and one of the most celebrated African American poets. She was Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois, a National Women's Hall of Fame inductee, and a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She received fifty honorary degrees. Her other books include A Street in Bronzeville, In the Mecca, The Bean Eaters, and Maud Martha.
"From her poet's craft bursts a whole gallery of wholly alive
persons...Many a novelist cannot do so well in ten times the
space."--Christian Science Monitor
"Miss Brooks has a very fine talent. . . a faculty which is becoming rare in contemporary poetry: an interest not merely in her own responses, but in other people as well."--Paul Engle
"More than any other nationally acclaimed writer, Brooks has remained in touch with the community she writes about."--Washington Post
"Probably the finest black poet of the post-Harlem generation."--Robert F. Kiernan
"When Miss Brooks. . . writes out of her heart, out of her rich and living background, out of her very real talent, then she induces almost unbearable excitement."--New York Times