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Western Fiction: Grey, Stegner, McMurtry, McCarthy  

William R. Handley

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Jul 2017
The vast and complex region called the American West—large parts of which Europeans and Americans once called Spanish Territory, Louisiana Territory, Mexico, the Great American Desert, and ... More

West, Nathanael  

Jane Goldman

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Jul 2017
The satiric genius Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein and died, aged thirty-seven, before his work met with the kind of critical acclaim it deserved. “Do I love what others love?,” a ... More

Wharton, Edith  

Carol J. Singley

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Sep 2017
Edith Wharton, a literary realist and naturalist, was a prolific writer of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction whose work helped to define a major intellectual and aesthetic movement at the ... More

Wheatley, Phillis  

David L. Dudley

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Sep 2017
In September 1773, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral appeared in London. Its author, Phillis Wheatley, slave to John Wheatley of Boston, thus became the first African American ... More

White, E. B.  

Arnold E. Sabatelli

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Jul 2017
Without E. B. White, there would be no Stuart Little (1945), no Charlotte's Web (1952) (and quite possibly no film Babe). But while the bulk of White's work was not children's literature, ... More

White, Edmund  

Jerry Phillips

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Jul 2017
In Edmund White's first novel, Forgetting Elena (1973), the narrator reflects that ordinary conversation is so constrained by mores and manners that little is expressed. The narrator of ... More

Whitman, Walt  

Jerome Loving

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Jul 2017
“I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere for such a start,” Ralph Waldo Emerson told Walt Whitman on 21 July 1855. Emerson had ... More

Wideman, John Edgar  

Arnold E. Sabatelli

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Jul 2017
The fiction and nonfiction of John Edgar Wideman moves between worlds of language and experience that are not usually encountered side by side. He was raised in the African-American ... More

Wilbur, Richard  

Gerry Cambridge

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Jul 2017
Richard Wilbur is renowned for the finesse, delicacy, and light touch of his poems, which can seem intricate as snow crystals if rather more durable. In his easy and assured use of meter ... More

Wilder, Thornton  

Philip Parry

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Jul 2017
Thornton Niven Wilder—the author of Our Town (1938), America's most popular “popular play”—was very nearly, though he never quite became, the Grand Old Man of twentieth-century American ... More

Williams, Tennessee  

John A. Bertolini

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Sep 2017
Tennessee Williams’s career as a playwright followed the traditional trajectory—from parental objection and the confinements of middle-class life and small-town mentality to the struggle ... More

Williams, Terry Tempest  

Andrea Ross

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Sep 2017
Born on 8 September 1955 to a fifth-generation Mormon family and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Terry Lynn Tempest was the first child of Diane Dixon Tempest and John Henry Tempest III. ... More

Williams, William Carlos  

Huck Gutman

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Jul 2017
By the time the twenty-first century dawned, there were many—especially among the world's poets—who maintained that William Carlos Williams was the most important American poet of the ... More

Wilson, August  

Josef Raab

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Jul 2017
August Wilson is the best-known and most performed African-American playwright of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, his drama is centrally ... More

Wilson, Edmund  

Melissa Knox

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Jul 2017
Edmund Wilson was one of a small number of American men of letters who dominated the literary scene from the 1920s, when his first volume of journals appeared, until his death in 1972. He ... More

Wolfe, Thomas  

Mark Royden Winchell

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Jul 2017
At one point in J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield remarks: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it ... More

Wolff, Tobias  

Pauls Toutonghi

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Jul 2017
Tobias (Jonathan Ansell) Wolff was born on 19 June 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama. The other facts of Wolff's early life are set down in his notable autobiography, This Boy's Life (1989), ... More

Women and Writing in Spanish America from Colonial Times through the 20th Century  

Carolina Alzate and Betty Osorio

As in the case of other Western literary traditions, women’s relationship to writing in Spanish America has been problematic since early modernity. From colonial times onward, women’s ... More

Wright, Charles  

Henry Hart

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Jul 2017
In an interview published in 1992, Charles Wright told David Young, the editor of Field magazine: “There are three things, basically, that I write about—language, landscape, and the idea ... More

Wright, James  

Gerry Cambridge

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Jul 2017
The Flying Eagles of Troop62 is a touching prose poem and reminiscence of one Ralph Neal, a scoutmaster of James Wright's Ohio boyhood. In wondering why Neal never escaped the conditions ... More

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