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Johnson, Charles

Keith Byerman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-03-30

Charles Johnson Introduction Charles Richard Johnson (b. 1948) was born in Evanston, Illinois. He demonstrated a talent for drawing at an earl...

Johnson, James Weldon

Michael Nowlin

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

James Weldon JohnsonIntroductionJames Weldon Johnson (b. 1871–d. 1938) was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating with a BA from A...

Kerouac, Jack

Matt Theado

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

Jack KerouacIntroductionJack Kerouac (b. 1922–d. 1969) was a novelist and poet whose bestselling novel On the Road is considered an American classic. ...

King, Martin Luther

Cedric Burrows

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Martin Luther KingIntroductionMartin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929–d. 1968) was born Michael King in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Michael King Sr., was a ...

Kirkland, Caroline

Alexandra Ganser

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-06-28

Caroline KirklandIntroductionBest known for her books on frontier settlement, A New Home—Who’ll Follow? (1839), Forest Life (1842), and Western Cleari...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Millay, Edna St. Vincent

Marilyn M. Lombardi

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-06-28

Edna St. Vincent millayIntroductionEdna St. Vincent Millay (b. 1892–d. 1950) was among the most celebrated poets and accomplished sonnet writers of th...

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