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Australian-American Literary Connections  

Paul Giles

Within the literary connections between Australia and the United States, the more traditional notion of “influence” gained a different kind of intellectual traction after the ... More

Autobiography: General Essay  

Susan Balée

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Jul 2017
We are living in an autobiographical era, as readers all over America can readily attest. Jay Parini, in his introduction to the Norton Book of American Autobiography (1999), deduces that ... 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

Autobiography: White Women during the Civil War  

Lynn Domina

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Jul 2017
In the decades immediately following the Civil War, and even to some extent throughout the years of actual battle, hundreds of Americans published memoirs describing their experiences ... 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

Banks, Russell  

Lani Wolf

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Jul 2017
Russell Banks's short stories and novels portray working-class people trapped in mundane lives filled with violence and trauma. His themes include the cycle of violence from father to son ... More

Barnes, Djuna  

Joy Arbor

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Jul 2017
Djuna Barnes was a poet, journalist, playwright, theatrical columnist, and novelist. She was also an accomplished graphic designer and artist, often illustrating her own work. But Barnes ... More

Barthelme, Donald  

Ian Bickford

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Jul 2017
Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia on 7 April 1931. He was the oldest of five children, all of them talented writers—including the prominent minimalist Frederick Barthelme (b. ... More

Barth, John  

Ian Bickford

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Jul 2017
John Barth is counted among the first generation of American postmodernist writers. Of this group, which includes Thomas Pynchon, William Gass, John Hawkes, and Donald Barthelme, Barth has ... 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

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