Clara Dillingham Pierson

1868 - 1952

An early 20th century American author, Clara Pierson was praised for her children’s stories. Her works often include animal characters and a moral to the story. She was among the leading nature-story authors of her day.

Claude McKay

1889 - 1948

Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (1889 – 1948) was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote five novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo (1929), Banana Bottom (1933), Romance in Marseille (published in 2020), and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affai ... [+]

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.

Edward Nathaniel Harleston


Born and raised in Charleston, Carolina, E. N. Harleston worked many jobs before self-publishing his first poems. After gaining some popularity in the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the first Black-run newspapers in the United States, he published his sole volume of poetry, The Toiler’s Life, in 1907.

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.

Effie Lee Newsome


Effie Lee Newsome was a figure of the Harlem Renaissance who mostly wrote children's poem and parables about being young and black in the 1920s. She contributed to The Crisis, the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and had a clear influence on her fellow poets.

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 ... [+]

Eva A. Jessye


First black woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor, Eva A. Jessye was an active supporter of the Civil Rights movement. She worked in New York with creative multi-racial teams in groundbreaking productions that experimented with form, music and stories.

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.

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.