A novel by Gloria Naylor
Biography: Naylor, Gloria (1950—)
Gloria Naylor, one of the most influential African American women writers of the late twentieth century, came to prominence in 1982 when she published The Women of Brewster Place, a novel that won her the American Book Award and was later adapted to television. Critic Henry Louis Gates has noted that the book boldly returns to a
Place (1998), is a response to her first novel from a black male perspective. nd rejuvenates "naturalism as a mode of narration and plot development." A story of seven women, the novel depicts Brewster Place as a dead-end environment where the seven women are forced to come and stay. Yet through bonding, love, and humor the seven women of Brewster Place refuse to end their lives and stay resilient. Gifted with an innovative mind, Gloria Naylor is also known in American literary circles because of her relentless search for her own female voice; she pursues the search by rewriting canonical writers such as Shakespeare, Dante, and Geoffrey Chaucer in novels like Linden Hills, Mama Day, and Bailey's Cafe. The Men of Brewster
Additional Honors: In 1985, she received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1986, she was awarded the Candace Award from the National Coalition of One Hundred Black Women. In 1988, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1989, the Lillian Smith Award.
Other Works Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present, 1995, The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories, 1982Linden Hills, 1985, Mama Day, 1988, Bailey’s Café, 1992, The Men of Brewster Place, 1998,1996, 2005, Conversations with Gloria Naylor, 2004.
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National Book Foundationm Interview with Gloria Naylor