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Masterpiece Theatre Online's Literary Timelines
updated 5.11.2004

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I was wondering why the author and poet Sylvia Plath is not included in the literary timeline.

Philadelphia, PA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
While I can appreciate the necessity of expanding upon a prodigious output such as Henry James's works, I find the personal lives of other writers intriguing and deserving of their own timelines. The personal and political experiences of Mark Twain and Joseph Conrad, for example, can make a person's head spin. As witnesses to revolutionary changes in Europe and America, their numerous writings relate directly to modernity.

Cesar Meraz
Austin, TX

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Thank you for the literary timeline on the Web site. However, you overlooked Kate Chopin. The Awakening surely is an American treasure.

Ellen Puff
St. Paul, MN

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
[On your Dickens Timeline and Biography] don't overlook Mrs. Beeton (of Household Management fame) -- she edited her husband's magazine - which published the Dickens novels and she therefore had a hand in editing the Dickens novels. She was obviously a key player in the saga.

E. Jackson
Minot, ND

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I think you would have to include Pat Conroy in your list of contemporary authors.

Jim Koon
Gastonia, NC

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I loved the idea of a timeline. But you missed out on Margaret Atwood.

Name withheld
Calgary, AB

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