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Larsen, Nella

Dorothy Stringer

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Nella LarsenIntroductionNella Larsen (b. 1891–d. 1963) was born in Chicago to a white, Danish immigrant mother and a Black Virgin Islander father. Her...

Lazarus, Emma

Sharon Oster

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2022-09-26

Emma LazarusIntroductionEmma Lazarus (b. 1849–d. 1887) was born New York City, Esther (Nathan) and Moses Lazarus’s fourth child of seven. Ashkenazic o...

Le Guin, Ursula K.

Sandra J. Lindow

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2020-01-15

Ursula K. Le GuinIntroductionOne of the most influential voices in contemporary American literature, Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929–d. 2018) began publish...

Lewis, Sinclair

Sally Parry

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-03-27

Sinclair LewisIntroductionHarry Sinclair Lewis (b. 1885–d. 1951) was an astute critic of American society and the first American to win the Nobel Priz...

Literary Biography, American

Carl Rollyson

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2022-06-27

American Literary BiographyIntroductionBiographies of American literary figures did not come into currency until the country began to explore the pers...

Literature, Italian-American

Fred Gardaphe

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-09-22

Italian American LiteratureIntroductionThe earliest Italian American writers were immigrants who learned English and responded to their experience in ...

London, Jack

Jeanne Campbell Reesman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Jack London Introduction John Griffith Chaney, later Jack London (b. 1876–d. 1916), was born into a turbulent bohemian world in San Francisco,...

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Christoph Irmscher

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Introduction It is not an exaggeration to say that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (b. 1807–d. 1882) was one of the worl...

Lost Generation

Craig Monk

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-08-28

Lost GenerationIntroductionThough first intended to denote Americans brought to Europe by the First World War, the “Lost Generation” refers to writers...

Lowell, Amy

Melissa Bradshaw

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-03-27

Amy Lowell Introduction Amy Lowell (b. 1874–d. 1925) was an American poet, critic, and lecturer. She is most closely identified with the Imagi...

Magazines, Nineteenth-Century American

Ashlyn Stewart, Kenneth M. Price

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-04-21

Nineteenth-Century American MagazinesIntroductionStudying the literature, history, or culture of 19th-century America often requires one to read magaz...

Mailer, Norman

Maggie McKinley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-09-22

Norman MailerIntroductionNorman Mailer (b. 1923–d. 2007) was one of the most prolific American writers of the 20th century. Born in Long Branch, New J...

Malamud, Bernard

Martín Urdiales-Shaw

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-10-27

Bernard MalamudIntroductionBernard Malamud (1914–1986) was born of Russian Jewish immigrant parents and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Eras...

Manifest Destiny

Carolyn Kuchera

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-06-28

Manifest DestinyIntroductionSimply defined, manifest destiny refers to the 19th-century doctrine that the expansion of the United States across the co...

Mather, Cotton

Reiner Smolinski

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Cotton Mather Introduction Few colonial Americans continue to divide public opinion as sharply as does Cotton Mather (b. 1663–d. 1728), whose ...

Maxwell, William

Gretchen Comba

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2017-04-27

William MaxwellIntroductionWilliam Maxwell (b. 1908–d. 2000) was born in Lincoln, Illinois, and lived there until he was fourteen, when he moved to Ch...

McCarthy, Cormac

Steven Frye

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2022-10-27

Cormac McCarthyIntroductionCormac McCarthy (b. 1933) was born Charles Joseph McCarthy Jr. in Providence, Rhode Island, and moved as young child to Kno...

McKay, Claude

Myriam Chancy

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-03-10

Claude Mckay Introduction Claude McKay (b. 1889–d. 1948), born Festus Claudius McKay in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, on 15 Septembe...

Melville, Herman

Dennis Berthold

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Herman Melville Introduction Herman Melville (b. 1819–d. 1891) was born in New York City into a proud and prosperous family. In 1830, however, ...

Merrill, James

David Ben-Merre, Heidi Wallace

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2020-01-15

James MerrillIntroductionJames Merrill (b. 1926–d. 1995) was one of the foremost American poets following the Second World War. Unlike many postwar po...

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