American Authors

Humanities > English Studies > American Literature> Authors The following authors have their own pages (more to follow):

See also American Poetry



Harlem Renaissance Authors

Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
"...Congress consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. A much smaller portion of the collection is an assortment of American landscapes.
- American Memory, Library of Congress


Raymond Carver
Carver: The Raymond Carver Web Site
"...will find a wealth of information regarding Ray's world, including a detailed biography and chronology by Professor William Stull, photographs from Tess Gallagher's home photo album, a complete bibliography of Ray's work, even four working drafts of Ray's poem Shooting."
Maintained by Tom Luce


Willa Cather
Willa Cather Page

The James Fenimore Cooper Society
"Our intent is to provide a central location for Cooper studies at all levels, including texts to otherwise hard-to-find materials, biographic and bibliographic information, reference materials of all sorts, a large and constantly growing library of scholarly papers and articles about his writings, with suitable indexes for locating articles of interest, information on the Cooper Society and on ongoing events, and links to as many as possible Cooper texts and other materials to be found on the internet."

Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894)

Susan Fenimore Cooper
"This page is devoted to the life and writings of Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), eldest daughter of James Fenimore Cooper and a distinguished writer and naturalist. She is best known for her nature diary of Cooperstown, Rural Hours, first published in 1850 and frequently reprinted. But she also wrote a novel, Elinor Wyllys; or, The Young Folk of Longbridge (1846), short stories, children's stories, and articles on a wide variety of subjects including nature."
From the The James Fenimore Cooper Society site.


Dickinson Electronic Archives
"...the Collective is editing images of her manuscripts for electronic distribution so that all her readers can enjoy her graphic productions. By gaining a more vivid and nuanced sense of the hand-to-hand circulation of her work that Dickinson and her contemporary readers witnessed, Dickinson's 21st-century readers are likely to deepen and broaden understandings of her poetic project."

The Dickinson Discussion List
"We discuss issues in recent scholarship, offer announcements of events and publications of interest, and discuss what draws us to the work of this poet."

Rudolph Fisher

Rudolph Fisher Newsletter
" a biannually published online newsletter (Summer and Winter) devoted to disseminating news and research-related information to Rudolph Fisher scholars, enthusiasts, and students. No subscription is required; access is free of charge."
Includes a well annotated section of "resources for further study."
Edited by Craig Gable



Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)

"The American writer Ralph Waldo Ellison, b. Oklahoma City, Okla., Mar. 1, 1914, achieved international fame with his first novel, Invisible Man (1952). He was influenced early by the myth of the frontier, viewing the United States as a land of "infinite possibilities." The close-knit black community in which he grew up supplied him with images of courage and endurance and an interest in music."


"A Critical Look at Ellison's Fiction & at Social & Literary Criticism by and about the Author." [an excerpt]
By Ernest Kaiser
Originally published in Black World (December 1970)
From Prof. Al Filreis' Ellison page

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society


Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

Harlem Renaissance - Zora Neale Hurston
Includes Links ; Primary Works ; Selected Bibliography ; Study Questions
From PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide by Paul P. Reuben


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