Eugene O'Neill - About Eugene O'Neill

O’Neill was one of the greatest playwrights in history. Through his experimental and emotionally probing dramas, he addressed the difficulties of human society.

Feb 2nd, 2004 | 5 comments

Dashiell Hammett - About Dashiell Hammett

Though his output was limited to only five novels, Dashiell Hammett remains one of the most influential writers of his time.

Dec 30th, 2003 | 7 comments

Gore Vidal - About Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal (1925-2012) never lacked for labels: Witty, irreverent, and shrewd, a propagandist, a truth-teller, and an agent provocateur. Dramatist, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and public debater. A troublemaker at large, poking his pen at anyone who got in his way. That’s how Vidal seared himself into the American consciousness.

Jul 27th, 2003 | 8 comments

Allen Ginsberg - About Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg, the visionary poet and founding father of the Beat generation inspired the American counterculture of the second half of the 20th century with groundbreaking poems such as "Howl" and "Kaddish."

Dec 29th, 2002 | 0 comments

William Styron - About William Styron

The work of William Styron, which includes novels such as SOPHIE’S CHOICE and THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER, has generated both praise and controversy over the past fifty years.

Oct 8th, 2002 | 3 comments

Katherine Anne Porter - About Katherine Anne Porter

Porter gained a name for her flawless prose. Often concerned with the themes of justice, betrayal, and the unforgiving nature of the human race, Porter’s writings occupied the space where the personal and political meet.

Sep 28th, 2002 | 8 comments

Lillian Hellman - About Lillian Hellman

She became a writer at a time when writers were celebrities and their recklessness was admirable. Like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hammett, Lillian Hellman was a smoker, a drinker, a lover, and a fighter.

Dec 30th, 2001 | 17 comments

R. Buckminster Fuller - About R. Buckminster Fuller

American Masters pays tribute to a man who was known as a designer, architect, poet, educator, engineer, philosopher, environmentalist, and humanitarian.

Dec 12th, 2001 | 6 comments

Norman Mailer - A Brief History of Norman Mailer

Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer’s career in our literature has been at once so brilliant, varied, controversial, public, and prolific and misunderstood.

Oct 19th, 2001 | 7 comments
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