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Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1917, but she spent most of her childhood in Chicago. Brooks was the author of more than twenty books of poetry and one novel.  Her works include Children Coming Home (1991); Blacks (1987); To Disembark (1981); The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (1986); Riot (1969); In the Mecca (1968); The Bean Eaters (1960); Annie Allen (1949), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize; and A Street in Bronzeville (1945).  Gwendolyn Brooks was the first black author to win a Pulitzer for her book Annie Allen (1949).  Gwendolyn Brooks also served as a poetry consultant to the Library of Congress and was appointed as the poet laureate of the State of Illinois in 1968.

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