Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas, to KeziahWims Brooks and David Anderson Brooks. Brooks’ family didn’t have much income. Her father David Brooks was a janitor. Keziah Brooks, Gwendolyn’s mother was a school teacher. Soon after Gwendolyn was born her family moved away from Kansas. The Brooks family relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where Brooks remained the rest of her life. Brooks, as a child, loved to read. She was encouraged by her family and friends to do so. She spent most of her childhood immersed in her writing. Gwendolyn became a published poet at an early age. At age 13, Brooks’ poem Eventide was published. Her poem appeared in “American Childhood.” Brooks’ poems were frequently published in the Chicago Defender. At age 16, Brooks had written over seventy poems (J.Williams 28).In Brooks’ early years of writing she spoke on a lot. She talked about racial discrimination and praised African American heroes. Also, Brooks satirized both blacks and whites (A.williams1). In 1993, Gwendolyn meet poet James Weldon Johnson and writer Langston Hughes. The two influenced Brooks’ writing tremendously. The influence lead her to write over seventy poems (Bloom 12).
In 1935, Gwendolyn graduated from Englewood High School, after graduating brooks went to Wilson Junior College. Brookswent to study English while attending junior college (Bloom 12).On September 17, 1939 Gwendolyn Brooks got married. She married Henry Blakely. They both had the same interest. They did thing together like attending writin...
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...lyn was diagnosed with terminal cancer. One week Later on December 3, she died. Gwendolyn died at age eighty-three (Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet from Chicago 34).
Throughout Brooks’ life she received numerous of honors and awards. She was one great poet and her poems were well-known. Brooks carried a great influence and her legacy still lives in the life of many modern poets.
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