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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

Cheever, John  

Scott Donaldson

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Jul 2017
In his memoir Writing Was Everything (1995), Alfred Kazin describes meeting John Cheever for the first time. The occasion was a 1937 party hosted by the New Republic magazine for ... More

Chesnutt, Charles W.  

Robert M. Dowling

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Jul 2017
America's first great black novelist, Charles W. Chesnutt, was a mixed-race, middle-class political moderate. He spent much of his life, both as a child and an adult, in northern cities ... More

Chicago Renaissance  

Molly McQuade

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Jul 2017
The “Chicago Renaissance,” as it is called, can be regarded as a cheerfully inexact moniker for the simple reason that a city like nineteenth-century Chicago, with no literary past to ... More

Children's Literature  

Sam Pickering

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Jul 2017
“Language,” Loren Eiseley wrote, “implies boundaries. A word spoken creates a dog, a rabbit, a man. It fixes their nature before our eyes.” What does well for a rabbit or a man, however, ... More

Chopin, Kate  

Robin Kemp

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Jul 2017
Katherine O'Flaherty Chopin is best remembered for her novel The Awakening, which was greeted by popular critics as scandalous when it appeared in 1899. The controversy centered around the ... More

The City in Nuyorican Fiction and Poetry  

Mario Maffi

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Mar 2017
In 1898, U.S. imperialism spread beyond the continent’s borders and took possession of Puerto Rico during the Spanish–American War. This began the repeated waves of migration from the ... More

Class and Poverty in Southern Literature  

Carsten Schinko

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Jan 2018
The South has generated a unique set of myths, which are often at odds with the dominant Puritan-bred tales of American exceptionalism. If the North had to downplay vertical visions of the ... More

Climate Fiction in English  

Caren Irr

In the 21st century, a new genre of Anglophone fiction has emerged—the climate change novel, often abbreviated as “cli-fi.” Many successful authors of literary fiction, such as Margaret ... More

Collins, Billy  

Mark Conway

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Jul 2017
Billy Collins is the most popular poet in America, according to a 1999 article in the New York Times. Named Poet Laureate of the United States for 2001–2003, Collins appears often on ... More

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