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Elkin, Stanley  

David Ryan

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Jul 2017
The writer Stanley Elkin is perhaps known best for his prodigious ear for comedy, although his work is equally admired for its virtuosic prose: its legato phrasing and staccato rhythms, ... More

Ellison, Ralph  

William R. Nash

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Jul 2017
Although he published relatively little (several stories, two collections of essays, some prefaces, and one novel) in his lifetime, Ralph Ellison indisputably ranks among the most ... More

Emerson, Ralph Waldo  

Sheldon W. Liebman

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Jul 2017
By 1860, the United States hadachieved what few Europeans and even fewer Americans of an earlier generation would have thought possible: a level of literary excellence so surprising that ... More

Environments in Western American Literature  

Susan Kollin

Western American literature is a diverse body of writing that documents human responses to the ecological changes that have reshaped the region over the years. The literature includes ... More

The Essay in America  

Jenny Spinner

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Jul 2017
Any discussion of the American essay must begin with the problem of definition, rooted in the bifurcate history of the essay and in the nature of the genre itself. Depending on the type of ... More

Faulkner, William  

Charles Hannon

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Jul 2017
William Faulkner's life and work were shaped by tension and contradiction. He valued privacy, but he yearned for public validation of his work as a writer. He prized authenticity, but he ... More

The Fireside Poets  

Paul Johnston

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Jul 2017
Then, warmly supplied with books, While my wood-fire supplies the sun's defect, Whispering old forest-sagas in its dreams, I take my May ... More

Fitzgerald, F. Scott  

Paul Sullivan

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Jul 2017
The quick rise to fame in the 1920s and the sad, slow fall into drunkenness have often overshadowed F. Scott Fitzgerald's remarkable literary achievements. By age thirty he had written ... More

Folklore in the United States  

Simon J. Bronner

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Mar 2017
Folklore in the United States, also known as “American folklore,” consists of traditional knowledge and cultural practices engaged by inhabitants of North America below Canada and above ... More

Franklin, Benjamin  

H. W. Brands

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Jul 2017

Benjamin Franklin once offered a prescription for immortality:

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