A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

A look at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

By Angela Jackson Read by Janina Edwards African American / Biographies & Memoirs / Literary / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 7h 44m Sell Sheet
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6 Audio CDs November 8, 2017 $34.99 $24.99 9781520090429 Add to Cart
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							Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century and the first black person awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Over nearly six decades, her poetry showed complex portraits of black American life and served as witness to the stark realities of urban living. A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun delves deep into the rich fabric of Brooks's work and world and traces the literary arc of her long career, using forty-three of her most soul-stirring poems as a guide. It is a commemoration of a writer who negotiated black womanhood and incomparable brilliance with a changing, restless world-an artistic maverick ahead of her time.

"Jackson's sensitive portrait of this 'quiet genius' and her finely calibrated insights into her writing celebrate Brooks's warmth, her 'bitter bite, her slicing sarcasm,' and the revolutionary provocation and power of her courageous, caring, intricately faceted poems, poems to read and reread for their emotional, social, and moral repercussions-and for their expounding beauty." - Booklist, Starred Review