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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...

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell

Henry B. Wonham

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Charles Waddell ChesnuttIntroductionCharles Waddell Chesnutt, a prominent author, lawyer, and civil-rights activist, was born 20 June 1858 in Clevelan...

Child, Lydia Maria

Carolyn L. Karcher

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Lydia Maria Child Introduction Lydia Maria Child, née Francis (b. 1802–d. 1880), the daughter of a baker in Medford, Massachusetts, and almost...

Childhood Studies

Holly Blackford

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-01-11

Childhood StudiesIntroductionThe term “childhood studies” refers to the growing field of academic study that places the child and childhood at the cen...

Chopin, Kate

Bernard Koloski

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-09-28

Kate ChopinIntroductionIn the United States and abroad, Kate Chopin (b. 1850–d. 1904) is recognized as one of America’s essential 19th-century authors...

Cisneros, Sandra

Danielle Haque

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2017-03-30

Sandra CisnerosIntroductionThe “About the Author” section of Sandra Cisneros’s second book, The House on Mango Street, includes the following descript...

Civil War Literature, 1861–1914

John Casey

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-07-27

Civil War Literature, 1861–1914IntroductionThe US Civil War (1861–1865) still serves as one of the milestones in American literary history, commonly r...

Clark, Walter Van Tilburg

Jeffrey Chisum

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

Walter Van Tilburg ClarkIntroductionWalter Van Tilburg Clark (b. 1909–d. 1971) was born in Maine, but spent his formative years growing up in Reno, Ne...

Cooper, Anna Julia

Shirley Moody-Turner

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2017-02-28

Anna Julia CooperIntroductionA renowned educator, author, activist, and scholar, Anna Julia (Haywood) Cooper (b. 1858–d. 1964) was born into slavery o...

Copyright Laws

Melissa Homestead

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Copyright Laws Introduction Copyright law shapes the production, circulation, and reception of literature. In language that has been much deba...

Corridos

Díana Noreen Rivera

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-02-22

CorridosIntroductionThe corrido is a significant form of folk music and folk poetry sung by people of Mexican descent that has had a lasting impact on...

Crane, Stephen

Patrick Dooley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-09-29

Stephen Crane Introduction Born on 1 November in Newark, New Jersey, Stephen Crane (b. 1871–d. 1900) was the fourteenth and last child of Reve...

Cruz, Sor Juana Inés de la

Natalie Kubasek

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz Introduction Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (b. 1648–d. 1695) was born Juana Ramírez de Asbaje in San Miguel Nepantla, a ...

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