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Baldwin, James

D. Quentin Miller

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

James BaldwinIntroductionJames Baldwin (b. 1924–d. 1987) is widely considered to be the most important African American author of his time, particular...

Barth, John

Berndt Clavier

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

John BarthIntroductionJohn Barth (b. 1930) grew up in Cambridge, Maryland, and has spent most of his life around the Chesapeake Bay. He entered Johns ...

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...

Bellamy, Edward

Peggy Ann Brown

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-07-24

Edward BellamyIntroductionBest known for his utopian novel Looking Backward, 2000–1887 (1888), Edward Bellamy (b. 1850–d. 1898) authored short stories...

Bellow, Saul

Allan R. Chavkin

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2020-07-29

Saul BellowIntroductionOver a career of six decades, Saul Bellow (1915–2005) published novels, short stories, essays, and plays that attracted immense...

Bible and American Literature, The

Jonathan A. Cook

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-04-24

The Bible and American LiteratureIntroductionIt is a critical commonplace that the King James Bible served as the moral and cultural foundation for th...

Bishop, Elizabeth

Brett C. Millier

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Elizabeth BishopIntroductionBy the end of the 20th century, to the surprise of the Anglo-American critical establishment, Elizabeth Bishop (b. 1911–d....

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...

Boyle, Kay

Thomas Austenfeld, Anne Reynès-Delobel

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-03-30

Kay BoyleIntroductionKay Boyle (b. 1902–d. 1992) produced more than forty volumes, including novels, short stories, poems, essays, an autobiography, t...

Bradford, William

David T. Read

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

William BradfordIntroductionStudents of William Bradford (b. 1590–d. 1657) approach his career from two main standpoints that are closely related but ...

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...

Brooks, Van Wyck

Jennifer M. Nader

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-01-11

Van Wyck BrooksIntroductionBorn in Plainfield, New Jersey, Van Wyck Brooks (b. 1886–d. 1963) was one of America’s most well-known literary critics, bi...

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...

Brown, William Wells

John Ernest

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-10-26

William Wells BrownIntroductionBorn in Kentucky, probably in 1814, William Wells Brown was, in a long and active career, among other things, an antisl...

Butler, Octavia

Rebecca J. Holden

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

Octavia ButlerIntroductionOctavia E. Butler (b. 1947–d. 2006), one of the first African American science fiction (sf) authors, remains the most promin...

Byrd, William

Kevin J. Hayes

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-01-11

William ByrdIntroductionIn recent years, classroom anthologies have favored the secret diaries of William Byrd (b. 1674–d. 1744) over what are conside...

Cahan, Abraham

Richard Pressman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-10-26

Abraham Cahan Introduction Abraham Cahan (b. 1860–d. 1951) was born in a village in Lithuania, then part of tsarist Russia but now part of Bel...

Captivity Narratives

Kendall Johnson

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

Captivity NarrativesIntroductionWhat has come to be considered the classic US captivity narrative derives from centuries of narratives describing enco...

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...

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