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217.  Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000).  Annie Allen. New York: Harper, 1949. RBML, Pulitzer Prize Papers

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. This is the copy that was sent to the Pulitzer Prize Committee. She was awarded the 1950 poetry prize for this book, a verse narrative pairing the mythic imagery of a young woman's hopes and dreams with the realities of her life as a black woman.

Gift of the Pulitzer Prize Committee, 1950

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