Identifying major works and authors of American, British, World, and young adult lit. from various cultures, genres, and periods
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This African American writer's autobiography is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She has also written poetry and scripts for films and acted in the movie Roots. She read one of her poems, "On the Pulse of Morning" at the inauguration of Bill Clinton as President of the United States. Name her.
English novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817),
-Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility; social satires of feminism, witty, happy endings, Message of Hope, 19th c realism
A contemporary American writer of science fiction short stories and novels which deal with moral dilemas, including The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451.
wrote My Antonia; prolific during the 1920s, reputation as one of the most important post-Civil War American authors
wrote Red Badge of Courage; American novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, raised in NY and NJ; style and technique: naturalism, realism, impressionism; themes: ideals v. realities, spiritual crisis, fears
wrote "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!;" "I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died," and "Because I Could Not Stop For Death--;" 19th century poet; major themes: flowers/gardens, the master poems, morbidity, gospel poems, the undiscovered continent; irregular capitalization, use of dashes & enjambment, took liberty with meter
Ralph Waldo Emerson
was the leading voice in trancedentalism in america in the mid 19th century. Influenced by romanticism in europe. He wanted to capture the passionate aspects of the human spirit and so gain a deeper insight to the mysteries of existence. He celebrated those who rejected traditional constraints, but retained self and civic responsibility. He remade American literature. He wrote the "The American Scholar." This argues to celebrate democracy and individual freedom and to find inspiration in ordinary human experiences.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
a novelist and chronicler of the jazz age. his wife, zelda and he were the "couple" of the decade but hit bottom during the depression. his novel THE GREAT GATSBY is considered a masterpiece about a gangster's pursuit of an unattainable rich girl.
Dutch-Jewish girl who, with other Jews, hid from the Nazis from 1942 to 1944; she was found and sent to a concentration camp where she died.
wrote "The Road Not Taken;" American poet; highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech; won Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry four times
Zora Neale Hurston
traveled the rural back roads of her native florida collection folk tales in the books such as 'mules and men' wrote 'their eyes were watching god' and expressed the new longing for indpendence felt by many women black and white
(1795-1821) Here Lies One Whose Name Was Writ in Water
Percy Shelley helped him publish his "Poems" in 1817- failed
died of TB in 1821
known for Spencerian sonnet
famous works: Eve of St. Agnes and Ode on a Grecian Urn
To Kill a Mockingbird, "Mockingbird don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . they don't do anything but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." " The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
British apologist for the Christian faith and one of the best-known conservative writers of the early 20th century; wrote essays that still convince skeptics of the reality of God; he also wrote "The Chronicles of Narnia", "The Screwtape Letters", and "Perelandra"
An American writer in the 1800s who drew on his experiences at sea and living on South Pacific islands for material and also wrote "Moby Dick". In addition, he rejected the optimism of the transcendentalists and felt that man faced a tragic destiny.
Edgar Allen Poe
(1809-1849). Orphaned at young age. Was an American poet, short-story writer, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Failing at suicide, began drinking. Died in Baltimore shortly after being found drunk in a gutter.
expressed misgivings in their work about the impersonality of modern society. Wrote Catcher in the Rye, about a prep-school student who was unable to find any area of society- school, family, friends, city- in which he could feel secure or committed.
(1564 - 1616) English poet and playwright considered one of the greatest writers of the English language; works include Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.
(1797-1851) English writer who created Frankenstein's monster and married Percy Bysshe Shelley, great developer of Gothic literature
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lived from 1792-1822. Was made an outcast from his homeland by his radical politics, his tract about atheism, his separation from his first wife, and his elopement with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. His exile led him to meet Byron. His story-telling sessions with Byron led Mary to write Frankenstein. He never lived to see whether his dreams of social progress came true and he is referred to as the perfect poet of the Romantic Era.
the daughter of Chinese immigrants and writer of novels which explore the theme of adapting from one culture to another, including The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife
an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion
He was America's most popular author, but also renowned platform lecturer. He lived from 1835 to 1910. Used "romantic" type literature with comedy to entertain his audiences. In 1873 along with the help of Charles Dudley Warner he wrote The Gilded Age. This is why the time period is called the "Gilded Age". The greatest contribution he made to American literature was the way he captured the frontier realism and humor through the dialect his characters use.
Contemporary American writer, who focuses on the struggles of African-American women, against societies that are racist, sexist, and violent. The strength of black women and the importance of African-American heritage and culture. 'The Color Purple.'
American poet and transcendentalist who was famous for his beliefs on nature, as demonstrated in his book, Leaves of Grass. He was therefore an important part for the buildup of American literature and breaking the traditional rhyme method in writing poetry.