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Didion, Joan  

Joy Arbor

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Jul 2017
Joan Didion is an accomplished writer of essays, political journalism, and novels. A distinctive literary voice, she is known for her subjective yet unsentimental essays, her harrowing ... More

Dillard, Annie  

Ian Bickford

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Jul 2017
Among the most distinctive forms of American writing is the meditative essay, as initiated by the nineteenth-century authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Annie Dillard is a ... More

Doctorow, E. L.  

Patrick A. Smith

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Jul 2017
E. L. Doctorow was born on 6 January 1931 in the Bronx, New York, the second child of David and Rose Doctorow. His parents, both second-generation Russian-Jewish immigrants, and his ... More

Domesticity in Victorian Literature  

Monica F. Cohen

When Victorian writers talked about the home, they invoked a range of contested ideas and complex affects about the material and imagined space where self and society meet. Emerging as a ... More

Dos Passos, John  

Robert M. Dowling

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Jul 2017
John Roderigo Dos Passos was a major twentieth-century American novelist and self-styled “chronicler” of the American scene. He is best known for his contributions to the literary ... More

Douglass, Frederick  

Mark Richardson

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Jul 2017
Any writer attempting an overview of Frederick Douglass's life and work confronts an embarrassment of riches: Douglass himself undertook the task not once but three times—in The Narrative ... More

Dreiser, Theodore  

Jerome Loving

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Jul 2017
By most accounts, Theodore Dreiser is considered a modern American writer, which is to say that philosophically and thematically his work belongs to the twentieth century instead of the ... More

Bois, W. E. B. Du  

Mark Richardson

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Jul 2017
Half-way between Maine and Florida, in the heart of the Alleghenies,” wrote W. E. B. Du Bois in John Brown (1909), the year before he helped found the NAACP, “a mighty gateway lifts its ... More

Dunbar, Paul Laurence  

David L. Dudley

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Jul 2017
Paul Laurence Dunbar, a son of former slaves, was born on 27 June 1872 in Dayton, Ohio. His father, Joshua Dunbar, had escaped from slavery and fought for the Union Army. Dunbar's mother, ... More

Edwards, Jonathan  

Jane Beal

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Jul 2017
Jonathan Edwards is perhaps bestknown for his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741). The occasion for it was a Sunday service on 8 July 1741 in a church in Enfield, ... More

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