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Along the Streets of BronzevilleBlack Chicago's Literary Landscape$
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Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037825

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.001.0001

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Two Bronzeville Autobiographies

Two Bronzeville Autobiographies

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(p.75) Chapter 4 Two Bronzeville Autobiographies
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Along the Streets of Bronzeville
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Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.003.0004

This chapter turns to the rise and fame of Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks through the genre of autobiography. Wright's Black Boy (American Hunger) and Gwendolyn Brooks' Report From Part One indicate these authors' awareness of spatial realities and how they transformed the city of fact into the city of feeling, into their writing. The chapter details the dialogue between Wright's and Brooks' fiction and their urban surroundings as residents and then as prize-winning authors. Through various literary and sociological projects, Wright and Brooks initiated an investigation of place, coherency, and consciousness in Chicago's flats, alleyways, blocks, and one-room kitchenette apartments.

Keywords:   Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, autobiography, Black Boy (American Hunger), Report From Part One, urban surroundings

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