Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Interview with Margaret Mitchell from 1936

Margaret Mitchell discusses the ways in which she conducted research to retain historical accuracy in her novel Gone With the Wind in this transcription of a radio interview from 1936 for WSB in Atlanta, Georgia.

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

The Character of Jo March

Special encore broadcast airing May 20 in honor of “Little Women on Masterpiece” and “The Great American Read” on PBS Originally aired in 2009 For many girls, Little Women is a reading experience so stirring and lasting in impact that as adults they name their baby daughters after the characters. When they judge their daughters […]

Willa Cather: The Road Is All

Filmmaker Interview

The Road is All Willa Cather wrote about the lives of early Nebraska pioneers in such books as O PIONEERS! (1913) and MY ANTONIA (1918). This is an interview with the filmmakers of WILLA CATHER: THE ROAD IS ALL: Producer/Writer, Christine Lesiak, and Producer/Director, Joel Geyer. Q: Discuss the collaborative process between the two of […]

Willa Cather: The Road Is All

About Willa Cather

by Kathleen Norris “No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as MY ANTONIA.” — H. L. Mencken In the mid-1970s, not long after I had moved from New York City to Lemmon, South Dakota, I attended a 90th birthday party for a woman who had been […]

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey

An American Journey

by Anne Seidlitz In writing INVISIBLE MAN in the late 1940s, Ralph Ellison brought onto the scene a new kind of black protagonist, one at odds with the characters of the leading black novelist at the time, Richard Wright. If Wright’s characters were angry, uneducated, and inarticulate — the consequences of a society that oppressed […]

Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer

About Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett was born on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1894. The second of three children, he dropped out of school at the age of thirteen. He worked a succession of low-paying jobs including freight clerk, railroad laborer, messenger boy, and stevedore. In 1915 he began working on and off as a detective for […]

William Styron: The Way of The Writer

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. Grounded in history and epic in sweep, his fiction has grappled with some of the most harrowing events and unresolved moral questions of our time. He […]