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White, Edmund  

Jerry Phillips

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Jul 2017
In Edmund White's first novel, Forgetting Elena (1973), the narrator reflects that ordinary conversation is so constrained by mores and manners that little is expressed. The narrator of ... More

Whitman, Walt  

Jerome Loving

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Jul 2017
“I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere for such a start,” Ralph Waldo Emerson told Walt Whitman on 21 July 1855. Emerson had ... More

Wideman, John Edgar  

Arnold E. Sabatelli

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Jul 2017
The fiction and nonfiction of John Edgar Wideman moves between worlds of language and experience that are not usually encountered side by side. He was raised in the African-American ... More

Wilbur, Richard  

Gerry Cambridge

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Jul 2017
Richard Wilbur is renowned for the finesse, delicacy, and light touch of his poems, which can seem intricate as snow crystals if rather more durable. In his easy and assured use of meter ... More

Wilder, Thornton  

Philip Parry

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Jul 2017
Thornton Niven Wilder—the author of Our Town (1938), America's most popular “popular play”—was very nearly, though he never quite became, the Grand Old Man of twentieth-century American ... More

Williams, Tennessee  

John A. Bertolini

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Jul 2017
While the outline of Tennessee Williams's career as a playwright falls into the most conventional pattern conceivable, his plays do not. His career followed the traditional trajectory from ... More

Williams, William Carlos  

Huck Gutman

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Jul 2017
By the time the twenty-first century dawned, there were many—especially among the world's poets—who maintained that William Carlos Williams was the most important American poet of the ... More

Wilson, August  

Josef Raab

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Jul 2017
August Wilson is the best-known and most performed African-American playwright of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, his drama is centrally ... More

Wilson, Edmund  

Melissa Knox

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Jul 2017
Edmund Wilson was one of a small number of American men of letters who dominated the literary scene from the 1920s, when his first volume of journals appeared, until his death in 1972. He ... More

Wolfe, Thomas  

Mark Royden Winchell

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Jul 2017
At one point in J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield remarks: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it ... More

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