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Alcott, Louisa May  

Angela M. Garcia

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Sep 2017
Long recognized only for her children's books, Louisa May Alcott also wrote adult novels, Civil War hospital sketches, and at least fifty pieces of much-publicized “sensation” fiction, but ... More

Algonquin Round Table  

Rob Morris

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Jul 2017
The Algonquin Round Table refers to a place, a group, a sensibility, and an era. The place was indeed a round table, near the center and toward the back of the Rose Room in the Algonquin ... More

American Detective Fiction in the 20th Century  

Mary Hadley

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Sep 2017
It is hard to imagine a time when Britain and France did not have a police force and detectives whose job it was to solve crimes. But until the growth of criminal investigation in the form ... More

American Renaissance  

David S. Reynolds

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Aug 2016
The richest period in American literary history, the American Renaissance (1830–1865) produced Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, ... More

Autobiography: Slave Narratives  

Lynn Orilla Scott

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Jul 2017
Slave narratives are autobiographical accounts of the physical and spiritual journey from slavery to freedom. In researching her groundbreaking 1946 dissertation, Marion Wilson Starling ... More

Baldwin, James  

Greg Miller

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Jul 2017
As a teenager James Baldwin abandoned the pulpit after a year and a half, but it would be fair to say that he always remained a preacher. For Baldwin, the life of an artist was a higher ... More

The Beat Movement  

Chuck Carlise

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Jul 2017
The Beat movement was America's first major Cold War literary movement. Originally a small circle of unpublished friends, it later became one of the most significant sources of ... More

Bishop, Elizabeth  

Tyler Hoffman

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Jul 2017
Elizabeth Bishop is one of the most original lyric voices of the twentieth century, standing with such other American poets as Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore, who was ... More

Black Arts Movement  

William R. Nash

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Jul 2017
The term “Black Arts Movement” describes a set of attitudes, influential from 1965 to 1976, about African-American cultural production, which assumed that political activism was a primary ... More

Cather, Willa  

Susan J. Rosowski

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Jul 2017
Willa Cather is remarkable for the excellence, productivity, longevity, consistency, and experimentation of her writing, and also for the absence in her life of the angst familiar in other ... More

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