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Nelson, Marilyn 1946-

Overview
Works: 74 works in 153 publications in 1 language and 25,237 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Juvenile works  History  Fiction  Sonnets  Picture books  Autobiographical poetry  Biography  Novels in verse  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Narrator, Illustrator
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Carver, a life in poems by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 3,008 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 information
Fortune's bones : the manumission requiem by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,725 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 )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,218 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 1,226 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.--Résumé de l'éditeur
Sweethearts of rhythm : the story of the greatest all-girl swing band in the world by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,053 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 & little misses of color by Elizabeth Alexander( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 821 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 671 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
American ace by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 596 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
Pemba's song : a ghost story by Tonya Hegamin( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 515 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
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 494 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 470 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 held by 424 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 416 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 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ladder by Halfdan Rasmussen( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 286 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 223 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 held by 140 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
How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America's most celebrated poets. Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems. Readers are given an intimate portrait of her growing self-awareness and artistic inspiration along with a larger view of the world around her: racial tensions, the Cold War era, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement. A first-person account of African-American history, this is a book to study, discuss, and treasure
 
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Carver, a life in poems
Alternative Names
Marilyn Nelson Amerikaans schrijfster

Marilyn Nelson Amerikanische Autorin

Marilyn Nelson écrivaine américaine

Marilyn Nelson escritora estadounidense

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 (93)

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Fortune's bones : the manumission requiemA 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 & little misses of colorA little bitty man and other poems for the very youngPemba's song : a ghost storyBeautiful ballerina