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Georgia Douglas Johnson
Born: September 10, 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: May 14, 1966 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Other Names: Johnson, Georgia Douglas Camp; Camp, Georgia Blanche Douglas
Nationality: American
Occupation: Poet
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As one of the first modern black female poets to gain recognition, Georgia Douglas Johnson, whose collections of verse were published between 1918 and 1930, is an important link in the chain of American black female lyric poets. Johnson's life spanned most of the literary movements of this century, and her Washington, DC home was the popular gathering place of early Harlem Renaissance writers. Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 10, 1886. She was educated in the public schools of the city and at Atlanta University, and she went on to attend Howard University in Washington, DC, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Initially, she was interested in musical composition, but gradually she turned toward lyric poetry. After teaching school in Alabama, she moved to Washington, DC with her husband, who had been appointed as Recorder of Deeds by President William Howard Taft. While in the nation's capital, she too engaged in government work while completing such books as The Heart of a Woman (1918); Bronze (1922); An Autumn Love Cycle (1928); and Share My World, published in 1962. Johnson was a prolific writer; over 200 of her poems were published in her four literary works; other poems and several dramas have appeared in journals and books primarily edited by blacks.

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Georgia Douglas Johnson." DISCovering Multicultural America: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Gale, 2003. Academic OneFile, Accessed 19 Nov. 2018.

Gale Document Number: GALE|EJ2116100302