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Alice Moore-Dunbar Nelson

1875 - 1935

In her early years, Alice Moore-Dunbar Nelson was a teacher who went on to become politically active for both African-American and women’s rights. Alice was an American poet, journalist, and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance. She
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1860 - 1935

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an influential American feminist, sociologist, novelist, short story writer, poet and lecturer for social reform. That utopian feminist acted as a leading theorist of women’s movement in the United States. Thanks to her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle, she became a role model for future generations of feminists. Nowadays, she is best remembered for her short story
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D. H. Lawrence

1885 - 1930

D. H. Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His whole work is based on an analysis of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization.
His opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

1869 - 1935

Edwin Arlington Robinson was one of the most prolific major American poets of the 20th century. Ironically, despite his extensive literary output, very few of his poems have won renown. Nowadays, he is regarded as unique among the American poets of his time for his devotion to his art. During his lifetime, he won 3 Pulitzer Prizes and was nominated 4 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature
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Elinor Wylie

1885 - 1928

The American poet and novelist, Elinor Wylie, was really popular in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. Written from an aristocratic and traditionalist point of view, her works reflected the changes in American attitudes following World War I. Although she was popular in her lifetime, she gradually sank into oblivion after her death. Nonetheless, feminist critics have been studying he
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Flora Annie Steel

1847 - 1929

Flora Annie Steel was a British writer who lived 22 years of her life in British India. She was interested in relating to all classes of Indian society. She often interacted with women in Indian society, learning about their household keeping, handmade crafts, and collecting folk-tales, of which she published a collection in 1894.
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Francis Scott Fitzgerald

1896 - 1940

Francis Scott Fitzgerald was an American short story writer and novelist whose most brilliant novel is The Great Gatsby. Considered to be a member of the 1920s "Lost Generation", he is mostly famous for his depiction of the Jazz Age in his novels. While he achieved limited success in his lifetime, he is now known as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century
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H. G. Wells

1866 - 1941

The English novelist, journalist, sociologist and historian, H. G. Wells, had an enormous influence on both his own generation and the one that immediately followed it. Best remembered nowadays for his science fiction novels such as The Island of Doctor Moreau, he was called a father of the genre, alongside Jules Vernes and Hugo Gernsback. He was nominated 4 times for the Nobel Prize in
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Hamilton Wright Mabie

1846 - 1916

Hamilton Wright Mabie was an American writer, critic, lecturer and editor during the 19th and early 20th centuries. After law school, he was hired to work for the Christian Union magazine and was later promoted to associate editor.
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Jack London

1876 - 1916

Jack London was the pen name of the American novelist, short story writer, journalist and social activist John Griffith Chaney. He was a part of the radical literary group "The Crowd", based in San Francisco. He also was a spokesman of unionization, socialism and fought for the workers’ rights. His best known works, The Call of the Wild and White Fang, are based on the elemental struggles fo
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James Joyce

1882 - 1941

The Irish novelist, short story writer and poet, James Joyce, is regarded as one of the most influencial authors of the 20th century. He was a pioneer of the Modernist movement, using stream of consciousness as a narrative device. His fictional universe centers on Dublin: "For myself, I always write about Dublin because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all cities in
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Jean Toomer

1894 - 1967

Jean Toomer (1894 – 1967) was an American poet and novelist commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance and modernism. His reputation stems from his novel, Cane (1923), which Toomer wrote during and after a stint as principal at a black school in Sparta, Georgia. Sociologist Charles S. Johnson called the novel "the most astonishingly brilliant beginning of any Negro writer of his