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M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books. She also composed plays for her mother’s Sunday school class. Brooks published her first poem at age 13 in American Child magazine. At age 16, Brooks met the celebrated Harlem Renaissance poets LANGSTON HUGHES and JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, both of whom encouraged her to develop her writing and served as literary mentors. Brooks drew particular inspiration from Hughes. “The words and deeds of Langston Hughes were rooted in kindness, and in pride,” she wrote in her autobiography Report from Part One (1972).
4 (winter 1993): 639. , and Nellie Y. McKay, eds. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997. Bullins, Ed (Edward Bullins, Kingsley B. ) (1935– ) playwright, essayist, novelist A powerful voice in contemporary AfricanAmerican theater, Ed Bullins gained critical attention during the 1960s as a visible and outspoken member of the Black Arts Movement. Concerned specifically with the creation of plays for a black audience, Bullins earned wide critical acclaim from white reviewers and audiences in the 1970s, during which he won three Obie Awards for distinguished playwriting and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations.
Wright, Stephen Caldwell, ed. On Gwendolyn Brooks: Reliant Contemplation. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001. Brown, Claude (1937–2002) autobiographer, essayist With the publication of his autobiography, Manchild in the Promised Land, and its realistic and troubling account of black urban life, Claude Brown helped invigorate the growing debate on civil rights in the 1960s. Brown depicted the despair and brutality of life in Harlem in vivid detail, but his work also speaks to the hope that exists within the African-American community for transcending the constraints of such socially and racially oppressive environments.
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