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The Bean Eaters

The Bean Eaters


by Gwendolyn Brooks

Analysis: Brain Snacks

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

The Bean Eaters Were a Baseball Team! Who say that baseball doesn't know how to name its teams? Not us. In fact, the Beaneaters were once an official old-school Boston baseball team. Why? Well, it turns out that Bostonians like baked beans. Related to the poem? Probably not. But we thought it was cool, anyway. (Source)

Brooks was born in Kansas but raised in Chicago. Her father was a janitor; her mother, a schoolteacher. (Source)

Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her experimental long poem Annie Allen. She was the first African-American woman to win the award. (Source)

Brooks was awarded more than 70 honorary doctorate degrees. (The walls of her office must have been completely covered.) (Source)

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