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Wharton, Edith

Gary Totten

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-02-27

Edith WhartonIntroductionEdith Wharton (b. 1862– d. 1937) was born Edith Newbold Jones to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in Ne...

Whitman, Walt

Ed Folsom

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Walt Whitman Introduction Walt Whitman (1819–1892) was born on Long Island near West Hills, New York and spent his first few years on his fami...

Whitman’s Bohemian New York City

Edward Whitley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-11-30

Whitman’s Bohemian New York City Introduction Walt Whitman (b. 1819–d. 1892) was born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn. After early caree...

Whittier, John Greenleaf

David Grant

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-05-24

John Greenleaf WhittierIntroductionJohn Greenleaf Whittier (b. 1807–d. 1892) was a major 19th-century American poet, best known for his anti-slavery p...

Wideman, John Edgar

Keith Byerman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-06-29

John Edgar WidemanIntroductionJohn Edgar Wideman was born 14 June 1941 in Washington, DC, to Edgar and Bette French Wideman. They soon moved back to t...

Williams, Tennessee

John Bak

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-08-31

Tennessee Williams Introduction Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III (b. 1911–d. 1983) was a poet, fiction writer, and playwright. Born in C...

Wilson, August

Dana A. Williams, Aja Storm Kennedy

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-10-25

August WilsonIntroductionAugust Wilson (b. 1945–d. 2005) was born Frederick August Kittel Jr. in the Hill District of Pittsburgh to a German immigrant...

Winthrop, John

Francis J. Bremer

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

John Winthrop Introduction John Winthrop (b. 1588–d. 1649) was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was first chosen by the ...

Wister, Owen

Gary Scharnhorst

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-03-28

Owen WisterIntroductionBorn into a patrician Philadelphia family, a descendant of Pierce Butler, a signator of the Constitution, and the grandson of t...

Wolf, Emma

Barbara Cantalupo

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-03-30

Emma Wolf Introduction Author of five novels, poetry, and short fiction, Emma Wolf (b. 1865–d. 1932) was the first American Jewish writer publ...

Woolman, John

Jay David Miller

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-09-22

John WoolmanIntroductionJohn Woolman (b. 1720–d. 1772), a Quaker shopkeeper, tailor, and farmer from West Jersey, traveled extensively throughout colo...

Woolson, Constance Fenimore

Anne Boyd Rioux

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-06-27

Constance Fenimore WoolsonIntroductionConstance Fenimore Woolson (b. 1840–d. 1894) was considered the most accomplished American woman writer of the l...

Wright, Richard

Jennifer Jensen Wallach

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-07-24

Richard WrightIntroductionThe African American literary icon Richard Wright (b. 1908–d. 1960) began his life as the son of sharecroppers on a Mississi...

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