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Benét, Stephen Vincent  

Paul Johnston

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Jul 2017
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Stephen Vincent Benét is remembered primarily for two works: the long narrative poem John Brown's Body and the short story The Devil and Daniel Webster. These two works are characterized ... More

Berryman, John  

Philip Hobsbaum

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Jul 2017
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John Berryman was born John Allyn Smith Jr. on 25 October 1914 in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was named after his father, a bank clerk. His mother was Martha Little Smith, and both parents ... More

Bierce, Ambrose  

Molly McQuade

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Jul 2017
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Ambrose Bierce, an ironist whose choice of genre roved from predatorially sardonic verse to artfully detached war writing, was born Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on 24 June 1842, in the Ohio ... More

Bishop, Elizabeth  

Tyler Hoffman

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Jul 2017
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Elizabeth Bishop is one of the most original lyric voices of the twentieth century, standing with such other American poets as Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore, who was ... More

Black Arts Movement  

William R. Nash

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The term “Black Arts Movement” describes a set of attitudes, influential from 1965 to 1976, about African-American cultural production, which assumed that political activism was a primary ... More

Black Mountain Poetry  

Lacy Schutz

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Jul 2017
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In 1960 the poet Donald M. Allen published an anthology titled The New American Poetry. Just three years earlier, the poets Donald Hall, Robert Pack, and Louis Simpson had edited New Poets ... More

Book History in Finland  

Tuija Laine and Kirsti Salmi-Niklander

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This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Bradstreet, Anne  

Daniel G. Brayton

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Jul 2017
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Anne Bradstreet has long been the best-known English-language woman poet of the seventeenth century and one of the most famous early American literary figures. While numerous women writers ... More

British Detective Fiction in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries  

Anne Humpherys

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Jun 2017
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From ancient Greece on, fictional narratives have entailed deciphering mystery. Sophocles’ Oedipus must solve the mystery of the plague decimating Thebes; the play is a dramatization of ... More

Brodkey, Harold  

Philip Bufithis

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Jul 2017
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If we accept the well-known distinction that literary fiction is character driven and commercial fiction is plot driven, then the work of Harold Brodkey is the most literary American ... More

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