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The most generically is any body of written works. More restrictively, literature refers to writing considered to be an art form or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, often due to deploying language in ways that differ from ordinary usage.
Poe brought about several changes in the literary style on his time period. He, as a writer, poet, editor, and a critical writer influenced not only American literature, but he also had an impact on international literature. He was one of the first writers to develop the genre of both detective, fiction, and horror.
Charles Dickens was a British novelist, journalist, editor, illustrator and social commentator who wrote great classic novels. Dickens is remembered as one of the most important and influential writers of the 19th century. Among his accomplishments, he has been lauded for providing a stark portrait of the Victorian-era underclass.
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Jane Austen's writing is a lasting example of her understanding of human nature. Austen wrote with irony (insight cloaked in wit), enabling people see otherwise annoying aspects of life with humor.
Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and a playwright whose African American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's . He published his first poem in 1921 and first book in 1926.
Samuel Lanhgorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain was a major American writer from Missouri. His stories and novels are famous for their humor, vivid details, and memorable characters. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both classics in American literature.
Sylvia Plath was a gifted and troubled poet, known for the confessional style of her work. Her interest in writing emerged at an early age when she started by keeping a journal. Plath became the first person to win a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.
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Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer-winning novelist, editor and professor. Her novels are know for their epic themes, exquisite language and richly detailed African American characters. Morrison has earned a plethora of book-world accolades and honorary degrees, also receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor of the Renaissance era. He was an important member of the King's Men company of theatrical players. Shakespeare's writings capture the range of human emotion and conflict and have been celebrated for more than 400 years.
Mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.