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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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Bret Harte

1836 - 1902

The American poet and short story writer, Bret Harte, is best known for his short fictions featuring figures of the California Gold Rush such as miners, misfits, gamblers, … As a writter, he helped create the local-colour school in the American fiction. He was also praised by Andrew Carnegie in his book Round the World as "America […] most distinctively national poet."
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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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Emily Dickinson

1830 - 1886

The American poet Emily Dickinson and her contemporary Walt Whitman are regarded as the founders of a unique American poetic voice.
As the former lived in seclusion, only ten of her nearly 1800 poems are known to have been published in her lifetime. Her poems are unique for the era in which she wrote because she freely ignored the usual rules of versification. Her work’s main themes are death
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Hamlin Garland

1860 - 1940

American novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer, Hamlin Garland is generally acknowledged for his fictional works involving hard-working Midwestern farmers.
He was made member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918 and won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1922 with his book A Daughter of the Middle Borde
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Kate Chopin

1850 - 1904

Kate Chopin was an American writer known for her work focused on New Orleans culture. She belongs to the local-colour genre.
Since the late 20th century, she has been seen as a forerunner of literary feminism. While her stories aroused controversy when first published, because of her subjects and approaches, she is now recognised as one of the leading authors of her time
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Mark Twain

1835 - 1910

Mark Twain is the pen name of the American journalist, humorist, lecturer and novelist Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He is best known for his book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A son of the Frontier, he has overcome the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular figure and one of America’s best and most beloved write
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W. W. Jacobs

1863 - 1943

W. W. Jacobs was an English author of short stories and novels. Even though most of his work was written in a humourous tone, he is nowadays remembered as the creator of "The Monkey’s Paw". That classic horror short story is written in the dickensian tradition, that is to say that it uses a gentle humour and focuses on the poor social condition of the White Families