GWENDOLYN BROOKS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 01/19/1956 - HFSID 272032
Sale Price $270.00
The Pulitzer Prize winning poet signs this check to Illinois Bell TelephoneCompany
Check filled out and signed: "Gwendolyn Blakely", 6¼x2¾. Chicago, Illinois, 1956 January 19. Drawn on her account at Chatham Bank of Chicago, payable to "Illinois Bell Telephone Co." for $13.42. Stamped endorsement on verso. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her second book of poetry, Annie Allen, becoming the first Black author to receive the honor. Her poetry, which was first published in 1945, later focused on the African-American struggle for freedom. In 1968, Brooks was named Poet Laureate of Illinois, succeeding Carl Sandburg. Brooks had married poet and writer Henry Blakely in 1939, to whom she was wed until his death in 1996. Slightly creased. Bank cancellation holes nick the upper portion of the "G" and touch several words of writing (all legible). Light show through from bank stamps on verso touches date. Staple holes at upper left margin. Fine condition.
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