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O’Brien, Tim

Catherine Calloway

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-06-29

Tim O’BrienIntroductionTim O’Brien (b. 1946) is a well-known contemporary American writer of seven novels, one memoir, and numerous short stories, non...

Occom, Samson and the Brotherton Indians

Ivy Schweitzer

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Samson Occom and the Brotherton IndiansIntroductionSamson Occom (b. 1723–d. 1792), a member of the Mohegan tribe of east-central Connecticut, came of ...

Olsen, Tillie

Panthea Reid

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Tillie Olsen Introduction The writing career of Tillie Lerner Olsen follows peculiar parabolic swings between celebrity and obscurity. Born on...

Ortiz, Simon

Elizabeth Archuleta

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-07-31

Simon OrtizIntroductionSimon Joseph Ortiz was born in 1941 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised at Acoma Pueblo. He has spent much of his life trave...

Petry, Ann

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Ann PetryIntroductionAnn Lane Petry (b. 1908–d. 1997) was a neighborhood novelist and an adopted daughter of Harlem who sold over a million copies of ...

Piatt, Sarah

Jess Roberts

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-05-29

Sarah Piatt Introduction Largely unknown to readers for most of the 20th century, Sarah Piatt (b. 1836–d. 1919) is now recognized by many as a...

Plath, Sylvia

Linda Wagner-Martin

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Sylvia Plath Introduction Sylvia Plath (b. 1932–d. 1963) was born to well-educated parents, Otto and Aurelia Schober Plath. Otto, who had immi...

Poe, Edgar Allan

Richard Kopley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Edgar Allan PoeIntroductionBorn to a gifted actress and a less talented actor, Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1809–d. 1849) was orphaned in 1811 and taken in by ...

Porter, Katherine Anne

Darlene Harbour Unrue

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Katherine Anne Porter Introduction Katherine Anne Porter (b. 1890–d. 1980), christened Callie Russell Porter, was born in Indian Creek, Texas,...

Proletarian Literature

Bill Mullen

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Proletarian Literature Introduction Proletarian literature (from the Latin proletarius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens) is li...

Realism and Naturalism

John Dudley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Realism and Naturalism Introduction Variously defined as distinct philosophical approaches, complementary aesthetic strategies, or broad liter...

Reed, Ishmael

Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Ishmael ReedIntroductionIshmael Reed (b. 1938–) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, grew up in Buffalo, New York, and attended the Buffalo Technical H...

Regionalism

Philip Joseph

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

RegionalismIntroductionIn American literature, regionalism refers to works that describe a distinctive local geography and culture, and to movements t...

Rich, Adrienne

Cheryl Colby Langdell

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Adrienne Rich Introduction One of the founders of what we now call “women’s studies,” major American feminist poet Adrienne Cecile Rich was si...

Rivera, Tomás

Danizete Martínez

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Tomás Rivera Introduction Tomás Rivera (b. 1935–d. 1984) was born in Crystal City, Texas, the son of Mexican immigrants, and grew up working a...

Robinson, Kim Stanley

Gerry Canavan

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-02-27

Kim Stanley RobinsonIntroductionKim Stanley Robinson (b. 1952) was born in Waukegan, Illinois, but moved to California as a small child, where he has ...

Roth, Henry

Steven Kellman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-10-27

Henry RothIntroductionHenry Roth (b. 1906–d. 1995) was an American novelist and short-story writer whose autobiographically based fiction helped defin...

Roth, Philip

Benjamin Railton

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Philip RothIntroductionIn his more than five decades of publication and notoriety, Philip Roth (b. 1933) has produced an extensive and noteworthy body...

Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo

Alicia Contreras

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-03-27

María Amparo Ruiz de BurtonIntroductionMaría Amparo Ruiz de Burton (b. 1832–d. 1895) was a Mexican-born woman who experienced the processes of Manifes...

Russ, Joanna

Paul March-Russell

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-04-24

Joanna RussIntroductionJoanna Russ was one of the most influential figures within postwar women’s science fiction. As a writer, she incorporated moder...

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