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Nelson, Marilyn 1946-

Works: 51 works in 88 publications in 1 language and 21,172 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Juvenile works  Fiction  History  Picture books  Biography  Interviews  Pictorial works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator
Classifications: PS3573.A4795, 811.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Marilyn Nelson
Carver, a life in poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 3,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This collection of poems assembled by award-winning writer Marilyn Nelson provides young readers with a compelling, lyrical account of the life of revered African-American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver. Born in 1864 and raised by white slave owners, Carver left home in search of an education and eventually earned a master's degree in agriculture. In 1896, he was invited by Booker T. Washington to head the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute. There he conducted innovative research to find uses for crops such as cowpeas, sweet potatoes, and peanuts, while seeking solutions to the plight of landless black farmers. Through 44 poems, told from the point of view of Carver and the people who knew him, Nelson celebrates his character and accomplishments. She includes prose summaries of events and archival photographs. -- Publisher's description
Fortune's bones : the manumission requiem by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fortune was a slave who lived in Waterbury, Conn., in the late 1700s. He was married and the father of 4 children. When Fortune died in 1798, his master, Dr. Porter, preserved his skeleton to further the study of anatomy. Now the skeleton is in the Mattatuck Museum where it is still being studied. There is a skeleton on display in the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut. It has been in the town for over 200 years. Over time, the bones became the subject of stories and speculation in Waterbury. In 1996 a group of community-based volunteers, working in collaboration with the museum staff, discovered that the bones were those of a slave named Fortune who had been owned by a local doctor. After Fortune's death, the doctor dissected the body, rendered the bones, and assembled the skeleton. A great deal is still not known about Fortune, but it is known that he was baptized, was married, and had four children. He died at about the age of 60, sometime after 1797
A wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 2,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents fifteen interlinked sonnets to pay tribute to Emmitt Till, a fourteen-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman, and whose murderers were acquitted. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices--to speak what we see. Newbery Honor-winning poet Nelson offers an evocative tribute to a 14-year-old boy whose lynching in 1955 helps spark the civil rights movement. Full color
The freedom business : including A narrative of the life and adventures of Venture, a native of Africa by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Born the prince of Dukandarra, Guinea, Broteer Furro was captured by slave traders at age six. As Broteer stepped off the African continent and onto a cargo ship bound for Rhode Island, the vessel's steward purchased the boy and gave him a new name: Venture ... Remarkable in his own time for his ambition and physical stature, Venture Smith would become known to history as the first man to document both his capture from Africa and life as an American slave. Poems by Marilyn Nelson sit opposite the text of Venture Smith's own narrative. --Boyds Mill Press
The fields of praise new and selected poems by Marilyn Nelson( )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In The Fields of Praise, Marilyn Nelson claims as subjects the life of the spirit, the vicissitudes of love, and the African American experience and arranges them as white pebbles marking our common journey toward a "monstrous love / that wants to make the world right."" "Nelson is a poet of stunning power, able to bring alive the most rarified and subtle of experiences. A slave destined to become a minister preaches sermons of heartrending eloquence and wisdom to a mule. An old woman scrubbing over a washtub receives a personal revelation of what Emancipation means: "So this is freedom: the peace of hours like these." Memories of the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen in the face of aerial combat abroad and virulent racism at home bring a speaker to the sudden awareness of herself as the daughter "of a thousand proud fathers.""--Jacket
Snook alone by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Through the power of faith, a monk named Abba Jacob and his loyal rat terrier, Snook, are reunited after being separated by a ferocious storm
Sweethearts of rhythm : the story of the greatest all-girl swing band in the world by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war
Faster than light : new and selected poems, 1996 2011 by Marilyn Nelson( )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conjuring numerous voices and characters across oceans and centuries, Faster Than Light explores widely disparate experiences through the lens of traditional poetic forms. This volume contains a selection of Marilyn Nelson's new and uncollected poems as well as work from each of her lyric histories of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century African American individuals and communities. Poems include the stories of historical figures like Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy lynched in 1955, and the inhabitants of Seneca Village, an African American community razed in 1857 fo
Miss Crandall's school for young ladies and little misses of color : poems by Elizabeth Alexander( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poets Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson tell the story of Prudence Crandall's school for African American girls opened in 1833
A little bitty man and other poems for the very young by Halfdan Rasmussen( Book )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Halfdan Rassmussen was born in Copenhagen in 1915 and fought in the Danish resistance during the German occupation. This is a selection of his children's poetry translated into English
The cat walked through the casserole and other poems for children by Pamela Espeland( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of poems about children and their lives
Beautiful ballerina by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Photographs and a poem bring readers on center stage with the ballerinas from the Dance Theatre of Harlem
The homeplace : poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ostrich and lark by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ostrich and Lark spend their days together, Lark singing from his perch in the tree and Ostrich silent, until Ostrich finds his voice
The ladder by Halfdan Rasmussen( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summary: A ladder, long forgotten on a lonely lane, sets out to see the world, but finds that people and animals keep using it to climb into the sky and disappear
For the body : poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Magnificat : poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poems with a religious theme, the approach ranging from devotional to skeptical. In Sayings of the Desert Fathers, which is about a holy fool, she writes: "Big deal, / said Abba Jacob. / Miracles happen all the time. / We're here, / aren't we?"
Mama's promises : poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Cachoeira tales, and other poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"...In "The Cachoeira tales" longing to take her family on a journey to "some place sanctified by the Negro soul," the poet finds herself in Brazil's Bahia, along with a theater director, a jazz musician, a retired commercial pilot, an activist, a university student, and two mysterious African American women whom they meet along the way. In rhymed couplets, each pilgrim tells a story, and the result is a rollicking, sensual exploration of spirit and community, with a nod to Chaucer and to traditional Trickster tales." -- dust jacket flap
Furious flower II regenerating the black poetic tradition ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This 3-part program provides the definitive teaching tool for exploring the world of today's black poetry. Providing a more focused, ambitious approach than its 1998 predecessor, Furious flower II presents outstanding critical scholarship on black contemporary poetry's origins and trends, its conflicts and consonances. Throughout, notable authors share insights and offer inspiration to fledgling poets about the creative process, and about daily life as a published writer. Interspersed with these critical conversations are impassioned readings of the most representative poems of each poet. Viewers can watch as one of America's most exciting cultural movements evolves before their eyes and ears. Program I - Roots and First Fruits traces black literary traditions from African American folklore to the Blues Aesthetic to Hip Hop, and illuminates their impact on poetry. Program II - Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora reflects upon the reciprocal influence between black American poets and writers from the African literary Diaspora. Program III - Blooming in the Whirlwind locates black poets within their historic moment and contextualizes them within relevant political movements - Civil Rights, Black Nationalism, post-colonialism and multiculturalism."
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Alternative Names
Nelson Waniek, Marilyn 1946-
Waniek, Marilyn Nelson 1946-
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