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Lorde, Audre

Summary Article: Lorde, Audre (née Audrey Geraldine Lorde) (a.k.a. Gamba Adisa) from African-American Writers: A Dictionary
Linda Gertrude Belmar, a native of Grenada, and Frederic Byron Lorde, an African American, had moved to Harlem from Grenada with plans of returning—until the Great Depression dashed their plans of gaining enough money to return. In Harlem, the couple had three daughters, the youngest of which was Audrey. Little Audrey was so nearsighted that she was identified as legally blind, and she didn’t learn to speak until she was four or five years old—the same age at which her mother taught her to read and write. From the very start, Audrey started shaping the words she encountered. When she learned to write her own name, she disliked having the tail of the “y” of “Audrey” hanging below the line, so she quickly omitted it altogether. As Lorde herself later noted, I was very inarticulate as a youngster. I couldn’t speak. I didn’t speak until I was five, in fact, not really until I started reading and writing poetry. I used to speak in poetry. I would read poems, and I would m...    Continue Reading

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