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Walcott, Derek  

Gerry Cambridge

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Jul 2017
In Crocodile Dandy, an essay about the Australian poet Les Murray, which amusingly begins with “the barbarians” approaching “the capital” with their rambunctious and superbly learned bards ... More

Walker, Alice  

Stefanie K. Dunning

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Jul 2017
Alice Walker, perhaps best known for her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Color Purple (1982), has always been committed to social and political change. This was nowhere clearer than in ... More

War Literature  

Pauls Toutonghi

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Jul 2017
What text epitomizes the literature of war? A battlefield account by an American soldier? A work of fiction written at the time of a war? Or fiction written after a war, but set in a ... More

Warren, Robert Penn  

John Burt

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Jul 2017
The breadth of Robert Penn Warren's work over a sixty-year publishing career is matched by no other major American writer of the twentieth century. First poet laureate of the United ... More

West Coast School  

Catherine Daly

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Jul 2017
Thousands of writers on the West Coast have made important contributions to arts and letters, and beyond that, to environmental writing, political writing, experimentalism, and ... More

Western Fiction: Grey, Stegner, McMurtry, McCarthy  

William R. Handley

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Jul 2017
The vast and complex region called the American West—large parts of which Europeans and Americans once called Spanish Territory, Louisiana Territory, Mexico, the Great American Desert, and ... More

West, Nathanael  

Jane Goldman

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Jul 2017
The satiric genius Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein and died, aged thirty-seven, before his work met with the kind of critical acclaim it deserved. “Do I love what others love?,” a ... More

Wharton, Edith  

Carol J. Singley

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Jul 2017
Edith Wharton, a literary realist, was a prolific writer of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction whose work helped to define a major intellectual and aesthetic movement at the turn of the ... More

Wheatley, Phillis  

David L. Dudley

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Jul 2017
In July 1761, John Wheatley, a prosperous Boston merchant, purchased an African girl as servant for his wife, Susanna. The child was named Phillis, probably after the vessel that brought ... More

White, E. B.  

Arnold E. Sabatelli

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Jul 2017
Without E. B. White, there would be no Stuart Little (1945), no Charlotte's Web (1952) (and quite possibly no film Babe). But while the bulk of White's work was not children's literature, ... More

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