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Nelson, Marilyn 1946-

Overview
Works: 66 works in 127 publications in 1 language and 24,868 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Juvenile works  History  Fiction  Picture books  Biography  Young adult works  Paranormal fiction  Ghost stories  Novels in verse 
Roles: Author, Translator, Narrator
Classifications: PS3573.A4795, 811.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Marilyn Nelson
Carver : a life in poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 3,059 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 2,762 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
The freedom business : including A narrative of the life and adventures of Venture, a native of Africa by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,265 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. The young man crossed the Atlantic Ocean, landed in Narragansett, and worked through three decades of slavery to buy not only his own freedom but also the freedom of his wife and children. 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
A wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 2,206 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 whistling at a white woman, and whose murderers were acquitted. In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. 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
Snook alone by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,272 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 1,065 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
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 851 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 )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 686 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 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems about children and their lives
Pemba's song : a ghost story by Tonya Hegamin( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As fifteen-year-old Pemba adjusts to leaving her Brooklyn, New York, home for small-town Connecticut, a Black history researcher helps her understand the paranormal experiences drawing her into the life of a mulatto girl who was once a slave in her house
My Seneca village by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of America's most honored writers--a Newbery Honor medalist, Coretta Scott King Medalist, and a three-time National Book Award finalist--draws upon history, and her astonishing imagination, to revive the long lost community of Seneca Village."--Jacket
American ace by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother's death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad's father was probably a Tuskegee Airman
Beautiful ballerina by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs and a poem bring readers on center stage with the ballerinas from the Dance Theatre of Harlem
The fields of praise : new and selected poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 429 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
Ostrich and lark by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 407 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 homeplace : poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the body : poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cachoeira tales, and other poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 222 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
Faster than light : new and selected poems, 1996 2011 by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 129 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
 
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Carver : a life in poems
Alternative Names
Marilyn Nelson Amerikaans schrijfster

Marilyn Nelson Amerikanische Autorin

Nelson Waniek, Marilyn 1946-

Waniek, Marilyn Nelson 1946-

Мэрлин Нельсон

مریلین نلسون مترجم و نویسنده آمریکایی

マリリン・ネルソン

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English (75)

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Fortune's bones : the manumission requiemThe freedom business : including A narrative of the life and adventures of Venture, a native of AfricaA wreath for Emmett TillSnook aloneSweethearts of rhythm : the story of the greatest all-girl swing band in the worldMiss Crandall's school for young ladies and little misses of color : poemsA little bitty man and other poems for the very youngPemba's song : a ghost story