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Dos Passos, John  

Robert M. Dowling

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John Roderigo Dos Passos was a major twentieth-century American novelist and self-styled “chronicler” of the American scene. He is best known for his contributions to the literary ... More

Douglass, Frederick  

Mark Richardson

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Any writer attempting an overview of Frederick Douglass's life and work confronts an embarrassment of riches: Douglass himself undertook the task not once but three times—in The Narrative ... More

Dreiser, Theodore  

Jerome Loving

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By most accounts, Theodore Dreiser is considered a modern American writer, which is to say that philosophically and thematically his work belongs to the twentieth century instead of the ... More

Bois, W. E. B. Du  

Mark Richardson

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Half-way between Maine and Florida, in the heart of the Alleghenies,” wrote W. E. B. Du Bois in John Brown (1909), the year before he helped found the NAACP, “a mighty gateway lifts its ... More

Dunbar, Paul Laurence  

David L. Dudley

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Paul Laurence Dunbar, a son of former slaves, was born on 27 June 1872 in Dayton, Ohio. His father, Joshua Dunbar, had escaped from slavery and fought for the Union Army. Dunbar's mother, ... More

Edwards, Jonathan  

Jane Beal

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Jonathan Edwards is perhaps bestknown for his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741). The occasion for it was a Sunday service on 8 July 1741 in a church in Enfield, ... More

Eliot, T. S.  

Philip Hobsbaum

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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on 26 September 1888 in St. Louis. The Eliots originally hailed from Somerset in England and settled in America in the late seventeenth century. They began as ... More

Elkin, Stanley  

David Ryan

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The writer Stanley Elkin is perhaps known best for his prodigious ear for comedy, although his work is equally admired for its virtuosic prose: its legato phrasing and staccato rhythms, ... More

Ellison, Ralph  

William R. Nash

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Although he published relatively little (several stories, two collections of essays, some prefaces, and one novel) in his lifetime, Ralph Ellison indisputably ranks among the most ... More

Emerson, Ralph Waldo  

Sheldon W. Liebman

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By 1860, the United States hadachieved what few Europeans and even fewer Americans of an earlier generation would have thought possible: a level of literary excellence so surprising that ... More

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