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A vital figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Gwendolyn Bennett is best known for the sensuality and visual imagery in her poems, the most famous being 'To a Dark Girl'.
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A vital figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Gwendolyn Bennett is known for the visual imagery in her writing, which included short stories and poems. She wrote a popular news column for 'The Crisis and Opportunity' magazines and was close friends with many other Harlem Renaissance writers. Most of her famous work--including her most famous poem, 'To a Dark Girl,' dates to the 1920s.
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