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Stein, Gertrude  

Dina Ripsman Eylon

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Jul 2017
Gertrude Stein, the expatriate American avant-garde author, poet, and playwright, was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on 3 February 1874. During her lifetime she was known as the ... More

Stern, Gerald  

Kimberly Lewis

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Jul 2017
Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh in 1925. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1947 with a degree in English, and moved on to get a master's degree at Columbia University ... More

Stevenson, Anne  

Emily R. Grosholz

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Jul 2017
Anne Stevenson, like T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Sylvia Plath, is a poet whose literary life belongs both to the United States and to Great Britain. Born in Cambridge, England, on 3 ... More

Stevens, Wallace  

James Longenbach

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Jul 2017
There are two ways to describe the career of Wallace Stevens. One would be this: after having been born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1879, Stevens attended Harvard University and New York ... More

Stone, Robert  

Cates Baldridge

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Jul 2017
Robert Stone has written that “the first law of heaven is that nothing is free,” and there are reasons enough to believe that he came by this hard truth early and ungently. He was born on ... More

Stowe, Harriet Beecher  

Lorinda B. Cohoon

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Jul 2017
Harriet Beecher Stowe's reputationas an author of American literature is directly connected to Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly (1852), her first and best-known novel. With this ... More

Strand, Mark  

Andrew Zawacki

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Sep 2017
Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on 11 April 1934. Sandwiched between the celebrated generation of American poets born in 1927—John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, ... More

Strategic Hybridity in Early Chinese and Japanese American Literature  

Floyd Cheung

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May 2019
Early Chinese and Japanese American male writers between 1887 and 1938 such as Yan Phou Lee, Yung Wing, Sadakichi Hartmann, Yone Noguchi, and H. T. Tsiang accessed dominant US publishing ... More

Styron, William  

Paul Sullivan

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Jul 2017
William Styron's best writing resonates with an emotional honesty that strives for a greater, universal truth. In his fiction Styron has relied on memories of his Virginia childhood and ... More

Swenson, May  

Joy Arbor

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Jul 2017
May Swenson was born on 28 May 1913 in Logan, Utah, to Dan and Margaret (Helberg) Swenson. She attended Utah State Agricultural College, not far from her home; her father was an assistant ... More

Tarkington, Booth  

Charles Robert Baker

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Jul 2017
The novels of Booth Tarkington were read by millions of Americans around the turn of the twentieth century, though today his name is known mostly to historians of American literature and ... More

Tate, Allen  

Edward Halsey Foster

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Jul 2017
Allen Tate—born John Orley Allen Tate on 19 November 1899 in Winchester, a rural town in Kentucky—was descended from old southern stock. A defender of the agrarian South against the urban, ... More

Tate, James  

Arnold E. Sabatelli

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Jul 2017
James Tate is arguably one of the most influential poets of his generation. In 1967 he won the coveted Yale Younger Poets Award, one of the youngest writers ever to receive that honor. (He ... More

Taylor, Edward  

Adam Scott Miller

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Sep 2017
During his lifetime of eighty-seven years, Edward Taylor, a Puritan minister and poet, wrote more than forty thousand lines of verse. Much of Taylor's poetry is devotional and was composed ... More

Taylor, Peter  

Robert Wilson

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Jul 2017
Because he was born in Tennessee and much of his work is set there, Peter Taylor is unquestionably a southern writer. But his fiction differs from that of the other significant writers of ... More

Tekhne  

Ian James

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Feb 2019
Tekhne, or techne, is derived from the Greek term technê, meaning art, craft, technique, or skill, and plays an important role in Ancient Greek philosophy (in, for instance, Xenophon, ... More

Temporality and Literary Theory  

Theodore Martin

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Dec 2016
Time is not a strictly literary category, yet literature is unthinkable without time. The events of a story unfold over time. The narration of that story imposes a separate order of time ... More

1922: The Annus Mirabilis of Literary Modernism  

Michael Levenson

The year 1922 has been known as the annus mirabilis (“miracle year”) of Anglo-American literary modernism, chiefly because of the near-simultaneous publication of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste ... More

Theater in America  

Brenda Murphy

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Sep 2017
It is generally agreed that the post–World War II period produced the most significant American drama and theater. This included Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie (1945), A ... More

Thoreau, Henry David  

Thomas S. Hart

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Jul 2017
The facts of Henry David Thoreau's short life are simple enough. He was born David Henry Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts, on 12 July 1817. He grew up in Concord and graduated at age ... More

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