Maud Martha is the only novel written by Pulitzer Prize winning African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Published in 1953 by Harper & Brothers and reprinted by Third World Press, it includes a series of vignettes following the title character Maud Martha as she negotiates the passage from childhood to adulthood in black Chicago neighbourhoods.
Structurally, the novel has a nonlinear narrative, that also is explained in poetic language unusual to novels. Rather, as critic GerShun Avilez describes it, it is a "fragmentary poetic narrative." Other critics focus on its artistic connection to Brook's poetry; Asali Solomon highlighted the language of the novel saying that it is good at "gracefully evoking the nastiness of life."
- Avilez, GerShun (Spring 2008). "Housing the Black Body: Value, Domestic Space, and Segregation Narratives". African American Review (Representing Segregation ed.). 42 (1): 135–147. JSTOR 40301309.
- Bryant, Jacqueline (2002). Gwendolyn Brooks' Maud Martha: A Critical Collection. Third World Press.
- Bubíková, Šárk (2011). "Maud Martha and the tradition of the Ethnic Female Bildungsroman". Litteraria Pragensia. 21 (41).
- Rabinowitz, Paula (Spring 2001). "Domestic Labor: Film Noir, Proletarian Literature, and Black Women's Fiction". MFS Modern Fiction Studies. 47 (1): 229–254. doi:10.1353/mfs.2001.0009.
- `Shaw, Harry B. (1996). "Maud Martha". In Stephen Caldwell Wright (ed.). On Gwendolyn Brooks. U of Michigan P. pp. 124–37.
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