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Katherine Mansfield

1888 - 1923

Katherine Mansfield was a prominent New Zealand modernist short story writer. She developed a distinctive prose style with many overtones of poetry. She worked on many themes in her stories such as the difficulties and ambivalences of families and sexuality, the fragility and vulnerability of relationships, the social consequences of war, the complexities of the rising middle classes, …
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Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

1852 - 1930

American writer of the local colour movement, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman was a self taught woman who started writing as a teenager to help support her family.
She is very famous for her stories about frustrated lives in New England villages and for her strong female characters who contested contemporary ideas concerning what female roles, values and relationships should be in society
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O. Henry

1862 - 1910

O. Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter, an American short story writer who is known for his tales about the life of ordinary people, especially in New York. His stories generally expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or irony. Above anything else, he is known for his surprise endings. Once his trademark, it finally cost him critical favou
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Ring Lardner

1885 - 1933

The American sports columnist and short story writer, Ring Lardner, was considered to be both one of the most gifted and one of the bitterest satirist in the United States. He is best known for his satirical writings about sports and society. That great storyteller, he was also known for using the vernacula
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Sherwood Anderson

1876 - 1941

The American novelist and short story writer, Sherwood Anderson, was a self educated author whose prose style was based on everyday speech. His subjective and self revealing works strongly influenced American writing during the interwar period. They had an impact on noteworthy authors, such as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, whose first books he helped publish
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T.S. Eliot

1888 - 1965

Thomas Stearns Eliot was one of America's major and most well known 20th century poets. He is especially recognized for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," said to be a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 for his incredible contribution to present-day poetry
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Virginia Woolf

1882 - 1941

Virginia Woolf was an English writer whose best known novel is Mrs Dalloway. She is considered to be one of the leading modernists of the 20th century and a pioneer in the use of the stream of consciousness. Her novels, through their non linear approches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre. In the 1970s, she became one of the main subjects of feminist criticism
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Willa Cather

1873 - 1947

Willa Cather was an American writer who was well known for her Prairy Trilogy, novels about frontier life on the Great Prairie. She was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her novel One of Ours, set during Word War I
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William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

William Butler Yeats was regarded as one of the greatest English writing poets of the 20th century. That Irish poet, he was also one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. That literary movement was associated with the growth of Irish nationalism and linked with a revival of interest in Ireland’s Gaelic heritage. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1923