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Ambrose Bierce

1842 - 1914

Ambrose Bierce was an American Civil War soldier, journalist, wit and writer whose literary reputation was mostly based on his various short stories about the Civil War and the supernatural. His works are often compared to Poe’s tales because they share an attraction to death in its strangest forms and express the horror of life in a meaningless universe
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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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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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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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Stephen Crane

1871 - 1900

The American poet, novelist and short story writer, Stephen Crane is known as one of the pioneers of modern American Naturalism in literature. His writing is characterised by a vivid intensity, distinctive dialects and irony. His main themes are fear, spiritual crisis and social isolation.
His Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, a classic of American literature, won international