This Is My Century

This Is My Century : New and Collected Poems

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Margaret Walker became the first African American to win a national literary award when her collection For My People was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1942. Over the next fifty years she enriched American literature in endless ways through her writings and, in 1993, she received an American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This Is My Century is Walker's own defining summation of her career. Selected by the author herself, the one hundred poems include thirty-seven previously uncollected pieces and the entire contents of three hard-to-find volumes: the award-winning For My People (1942), Prophets for a New Day (1970), and October Journey (1975).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Georgia, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0820345970
  • 9780820345970

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Always immediate but classic in voice, [Walker's] poetry has a timeless quality. . . . If younger poets have ranged farther in voice and content, it is because they stand high on the shoulders of giants such as Margaret Walker."" - Booklist

"Walker writes with a strength and clarity that befits her large vision ofAmerican and African American history." - Library Journal
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About Margaret Walker

Margaret Walker (1915-1998) wrote poetry, essays, the novel Jubilee and a biography of Richard Wright. She created pioneering programmes in the humanities and African American studies at Jackson State University, where she was a faculty member for almost three decades.

Maryemma Graham is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Kansas and is the editor of Fields Watered with Blood: Critical Essays on Margaret Walker (Georgia).

Nikky Finney won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011 for her collection Head Off & Split. She is the editor of The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Georgia).
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