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Articles with keyword "American literature"


Editor’s Note

Many of Cather's enduring characters were inspired by unyielding landscapes.

Landscape of Arizona's Box Canyon, Wupatki National Monument


Willa Cather in the Desert: Where She Learned What Truly Mattered and Found Material for The Song of the Lark

Walnut Canyon in Arizona was the inspiration for key scenes in Cather's 1915 novel.

H. L. Mencken with his brothers


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

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

Susan Shillinglaw


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


The White Pages

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


Louisa May Alcott's Long-Lost Novel

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


The Long Shadow of Invisible Man

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


"Every Book is a New Journey"

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