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A to Z of American Women Writers (A to Z of Women) by Carol Kort PDF

By Carol Kort

Via poetry, essays, biographies, and enhancing, American girls have had a protracted and important impression at the paintings of writing. this article examines the tales of 186 ladies, between them poets, essayists, newshounds, editors, novelists, memoirists, and various different sorts of writers.

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Everything Bambara’s characters say,” observed novelist Anne Tyler, “you feel ordinary, real-life people are saying right now on any street corner. ” Bambara’s second collection of short stories, The Sea Birds Are Still Alive (1977), was also well received. In both books, the heroic figures are mostly strong, sensible black women who become active members of their community. Although Bambara writes about humiliation, rage, and despair, she also infuses her characters with compassion, warmth, and humor.

In 1896 she moved to New York to cover William Jennings Bryan’s presidential campaign. But she missed the West, and in 1898 went to Utah to report on polygamy among Mormon communities for the Denver Post. Sadly, she had two unsuccessful marriages—first to Orlow Black and then to Charles Alden Bonfils—and two of her three children died when they were young. Bonfils found happiness in “scooping” stories for the San Francisco Examiner.

Her language is as supple as it is accurate, dealing with things in their own tones,” wrote a New York Times reviewer, describing the book. She garnered numerous awards, including two Guggenheim fellowships (1933, 1937) and the Bollingen Prize, which she shared with Leonic Adams in 1955. Although best known as a prize-winning lyric poet, Bogan also published fiction and essays. A new collection titled The Poet’s Prose: Selected Writings of Louise Bogan (2005), edited by critic Mary Kinzie, includes a selection of Bogan’s best criticism, prose meditations, letters, journal entries, autobiographical essays, and published and unpublished fiction.

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