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Articles with keyword "American literature"

H. L. Mencken with his brothers

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H. L. Mencken as a Boy? Oh, Boy!

Mencken's memoirs show a softer side on the sardonic critic

Susan Shillinglaw

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Why does living a bit make Steinbeck relevant?

With Susan Shillinglaw on the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

Photo of E. B. White at his typewriter

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The White Pages

America's greatest personal essayist was more than a little shy and intensely self-conscious.

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Louisa May Alcott's Long-Lost Novel

A seventeen-year-old's scribbles reveal the writer to come.

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The Long Shadow of Invisible Man

A film on Ralph Ellison and his novel delves into his position as a black man in America.

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"Every Book is a New Journey"

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian talks with Chairman Bruce Cole about the delights of discovering history.

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Almost a Masterpiece

The early version of what became The Great Gatsby will soon be in print.

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Uproar in the Classroom

A new film explores how the written word carries explosive consequences.

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Trying to Tame Huck Finn

NEH Chairman William R. Ferris talks with Boston teacher Nancy Methelis about confronting controversy in a classic novel.