From Poet to Publisher: Reading Gwendolyn Brooks by Design

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This chapter compares the design of Gwendolyn Brooks’s poetry collections across three different publishers: Harper & Brothers, Third World Press and David, her own press. It will argue that Brooks engaged in a decades-long project of figuring out how she wanted to have her poetry read and who she imagined her primary audience to be. Brooks’s move from the white literary establishment to a black-owned small press, and then from there to her own publishing venture, allows a comparison of the ‘same’ poems in different design contexts and with different readerships in mind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Book History
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameNew Directions in Book History
ISSN (Print)2634-6117
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6125

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Library and Information Sciences


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