Thomas and Beulah

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Thomas and Beulah
Author Rita Dove
Cover artist Ray A. Dove
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher Carnegie Mellon University Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 80 pp.
ISBN 0-88748-021-7 (Paperback)
OCLC 24955131
811/.54 20
LC Class PS3554.O884 T47 1986
Preceded by Fifth Sunday
Followed by Grace Notes

Thomas and Beulah is a book of poems by African American poet Rita Dove that tells the semi-fictionalized chronological story of her maternal grandparents, the focus being on her grandfather (Thomas, his name in the book as well as in real life) in the first half and her grandmother (named Beulah in the book, although her real name was Georgianna) in the second. It won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Rita Dove American poet and author

Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African-American to have been appointed since the position was created by an act of Congress in 1986 from the previous "consultant in poetry" position (1937–86). Dove also received an appointment as "special consultant in poetry" for the Library of Congress's bicentennial year from 1999 to 2000. Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1987, and she served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004 to 2006.

Pulitzer Prize U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.



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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Also featured in a chapbook titled Mandolin in Ohio Review 28
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Also featured in Callaloo .
  3. 1 2 3 Also featured in The Reaper .
  4. 1 2 3 Also featured in Paris Review .
  5. 1 2 3 Also featured in CutBank .
  6. Also featured in Georgia Review .
  7. Also featured in Ploughshares .
  8. 1 2 Also featured in Nimrod .
  9. 1 2 Also featured in New England Review & Bread Loaf Quarterly .
  10. 1 2 3 4 Also featured in New American Poets of the Eighties, Wampeter Press , 1984
  11. 1 2 Also featured in Poetry .
  12. Also featured in Pushcart Prize: VII, Pushcart Press, 1984, Museum, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983, and The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, 1985.
  13. 1 2 Also featured in The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, University Press of New England, 1985
  14. 1 2 Also featured in Agni Review .

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