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"Renaissance, American"

David S. Reynolds

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

“American Renaissance” Introduction The term American Renaissance, as applied to literature, was popularly established by the Harvard scholar ...

Adams, Henry

Philip Eppard

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-02-25

Henry Adams Introduction Henry Adams (b. 1838–d. 1918) was born in Boston into the most prominent political family in the United States. Grand...

Alexie, Sherman

Leah Sneider

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Sherman Alexie Introduction Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) was born on October 7, 1966, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He attended...

Anderson, Sherwood

Chad Trevitte

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-03-27

Sherwood Anderson Introduction Born in Camden, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson (b. 1876–d. 1941) was the son of a harnessmaker whose failing business ...

Anzaldúa, Gloria

Ariana Vigil

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Gloria Anzaldúa Introduction Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (b. 1942–d. 2004) was born in Raymondsville, Texas, in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Sh...

Austin, Mary

Melody Graulich

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Mary Austin Introduction Mary Hunter Austin (b. 1868–d. 1934) was born in Carlinville, Illinois, and graduated from Blackburn College in 1888....

Baldwin, James

D. Quentin Miller

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

James Baldwin Introduction James Baldwin (b. 1924–d. 1987) was arguably the most important African American author of his time, particularly d...

Beats

Charles Molesworth

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Beats Introduction The “Beats” formed a literary movement with a strong social and cultural vision, but, equally important, they embodied a un...

Bishop, Elizabeth

Brett C. Millier

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Elizabeth Bishop Introduction By the end of the 20th century, to the surprise of the Anglo-American critical establishment, Elizabeth Bishop (...

Bourne, Randolph

Eric Sandeen

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-10-28

Randolph Bourne Introduction Randolph Bourne was born 30 May 1886 in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and died in New York City on 22 December 1918. De...

Bradford, William

David T. Read

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

William Bradford Introduction Students of William Bradford (b. 1590–d. 1657) approach his career from two main standpoints that are closely re...

Bradstreet, Anne

Wendy Martin, Danielle Hinrichs

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Anne Bradstreet Introduction In 1630, eighteen-year-old Anne Bradstreet joined her family, her new husband, and a large group of Puritan faith...

Brown, Sterling

John Edgar Tidwell

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Sterling Brown Introduction Sterling A. Brown (b. 1901–d. 1989) was born into the rather privileged life of black upper-middle class Washingto...

Cather, Willa

Evelyn Funda

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Willa Cather Introduction Born in Virginia, Willa Cather (b. 1873–d. 1947) and her family moved to a homestead in Red Cloud, Nebraska, when sh...

Cervantes, Lorna Dee

Leigh Johnson

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-05-29

Lorna Dee Cervantes Introduction Lorna Dee Cervantes was born 6 August 1954 in San José, California. Her working-class family was of mixed Mex...

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell

Henry B. Wonham

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Charles Waddell Chesnutt Introduction Charles Waddell Chesnutt, a prominent author, lawyer, and civil-rights activist, was born 20 June 1858 i...

Child, Lydia Maria

Carolyn L. Karcher

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Lydia Maria Child Introduction Lydia Maria Child, née Francis (b. 1802–d. 1880), the daughter of a baker in Medford, Massachusetts, and almost...

Copyright Laws

Melissa Homestead

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Copyright Laws Introduction Copyright law shapes the production, circulation, and reception of literature. In language that has been much deba...

Cruz, Sor Juana Inés de la

Natalie Kubasek

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz Introduction Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (b. 1648–d. 1695) was born Juana Ramírez de Asbaje in San Miguel Nepantla, a ...

Cullen, Countee

Jane Kuenz

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Countee Cullen Introduction Countee Cullen was born in 1903, probably in Louisville, Kentucky, though the circumstances are unclear in large pa...