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Ntozake Shange was born Paulette Linda Williams in Trenton, New Jersey on October 18, 1948. She received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in 1970 and a master's degree in American studies from the University of Southern California in 1973. She adopted her African name while in graduate näytä lisää school. She wrote 15 plays, 19 collections of poetry, six novels, five children's books, and three essay collections. Her choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, opened on Broadway in 1976 and received an Obie Award. She also received an Obie in 1981 for her adaptation of Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. Her trilogy, Three Pieces, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry in 1981. She died on October 27, 2018 at the age of 70. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (1982) 568 kappaletta
Ellington Was Not a Street (2004) 406 kappaletta
Coretta Scott (2009) 306 kappaletta
Betsey Brown (1985) 298 kappaletta
Some Sing, Some Cry (2010) 210 kappaletta
nappy edges (1978) 126 kappaletta
I Live in Music (1994) 110 kappaletta
A Daughter's Geography (1983) 90 kappaletta
Three Pieces (1981) 73 kappaletta
If I Can Cook/You Know God Can (1998) 72 kappaletta
We Troubled the Waters (2009) 67 kappaletta
Freedom's a-Callin Me (2012) 53 kappaletta
Float Like a Butterfly (2002) 51 kappaletta

Associated Works

Passing (1929) — Johdanto, eräät painokset2,637 kappaletta
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Avustaja, eräät painokset511 kappaletta
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Avustaja — 369 kappaletta
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Avustaja — 168 kappaletta
Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (1991) — Avustaja — 157 kappaletta
Black Book (1980) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset131 kappaletta
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Avustaja — 117 kappaletta
Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women (1988) — Avustaja — 115 kappaletta
Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories (2001) — Johdanto — 91 kappaletta
Nine Plays by Black Women (1986) — Playwright — 84 kappaletta
The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues (1993) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Avustaja — 75 kappaletta
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
A Literary Christmas: Great Contemporary Christmas Stories (1992) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America (1997) — Esipuhe — 61 kappaletta
Racism and Sexism: An Integrated Study (1988) — Avustaja — 61 kappaletta
Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays (1992) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
Modern and Contemporary Drama (1958) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta
Prejudice: A Story Collection (1995) — Avustaja — 40 kappaletta
Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Catch the Fire!!! (1998) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Best American Plays: 8th Series, 1974-1982 (1983) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Bittersweet (1998) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
360: A Revolution of Black Poets (1998) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Heresies 6: On Women and Violence (1978) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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This choreopoem is somewhere between a poetry collection and a play. I found the introduction in this new updated edition incredibly helpful, because while I feel like I have seen this book around and been aware of it for ages, I didn't really know anything about it. The introduction described how this grew from a collection of poems into a performance piece, and then how it was updated over time.

This book is that harrowing kind of beautiful, that gives dignity by bearing witness to people living through difficult/impossible situations, that recognizes people fighting for their joy where they can find it, people surviving how they can.

The introduction also places the work in time, from its very beginnings in the mid-seventies to the way audience reactions have changed over time, to the legacy it has created for itself.

If it isn't clear, while I would have enjoyed this collection without the introduction, that context and history increased my understanding/connection/enjoyment of this piece several-fold.

This is beautiful but difficult. Please check the content warnings.

Recommended for fans of The Vagina Monologues, Shonda Rhimes, The Color Purple
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greeniezona | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2024 |
There is a reason a lot of this author's work here was unpublishied to this point. This is a very uneven compilation of over four hundred pages. Some selections are very good and some are not. I liked her poetry best but the plays and essays are many times lacking. Shange rejects traditional language and spelling (could becomes cd) ala Jack Kerowuac. Also, there is constant namedropping that has the editor working overtime with footnotes.
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muddyboy | Nov 26, 2023 |
I found this book at the library shortly after finishing “For Colored Girls.” The title and the bright yellow of the spine called out to me even though the book happened to be on the very bottom shelf. I recognized the authors name and after being so engrossed in her play/poetry, I knew I had to check this book out too. Excellent, informative, personal, and diasporic memoir/cookbook. I’ve never read anything like it, but every passage was beautiful and treated you like a friend or family. This is a book for foodies, for anyone of the African diaspora, and for writers. It is another book that inspires me to write and shifts the bounds of what it means to write.… (lisätietoja)
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Readings.of.a.Slinky | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 20, 2023 |
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