Published by the Harper company in 1971, "The World of Gwendolyn Brooks" contains "A Street in Bronzeville" "Annie Allen" "Maud Martha" "The Bean Eaters" and "In the Mecca." Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly regarded poet with the distinction of being the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress--the first black woman to hold that position--and poet laureate of the State of Illinois. Dictionary of Literary Biography contributor George E. Kent said of Brooks, "Not only has she combined a strong commitment to racial identity and equality with a mastery of poetic techniques, but she has also managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young black militant writers of the 1960s." (Quoted from the Poetry Foundation website at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=843 on 10/29/08). Book, 9 x 6 in.