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Absalom and Achitophel

Absalom and Achitophel  

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An allegorical poem by Dryden, published 1681. A mock‐biblical satire based on 2 Sam. 13–19, it deals with the intrigues of the earl of Shaftesbury and the ambition of the duke of Monmouth to replace ...
Academic Novels

Academic Novels  

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The academic novel answers two questions: What happens on a college campus? and What is college for? To answer the first question, the academic novel takes the form of high-spirited ...
Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler  

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(1941– )American novelist, born in Minneapolis, who began publishing with If Morning Ever Comes (1964). Breathing Lessons (1988) won the Pulitzer Prize. Most of her fiction has been set in ...
birth

birth  

Syn: parturition. Delivery of an infant capable of independent existence, an event that occurs naturally when the cervix is fully dilated, at which stage the uterine, abdominal, and pelvic muscles ...
Charles II

Charles II  

(1630–85),king of England, Ireland, and Scotland (acceded 1649, restored 1660–85). Charles received his practical education in 1648–51 when he learnt how to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, ...
Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway  

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(1899–1961),American short story writer and novelist. He worked as a reporter and served in 1918 as a volunteer with an ambulance unit on the Italian front, before settling in Paris among the ...
Essay in America

Essay in America  

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Any discussion of the American essay must begin with the problem of definition, rooted in the bifurcate history of the essay and in the nature of the genre itself. Depending ...
Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips  

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(1938– ),was born and grew up in rural Laurel, Delaware, and attended the local public schools. He received both BA and MA degrees in English from Syracuse University, where he ...
Short Story

Short Story  

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A fictional prose tale of no specified length, but too short to be published as a volume on its own, as novellas sometimes and novels usually are. A short story will normally concentrate on a single ...
Southern Review

Southern Review  

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(1935–42, 1965–)published quarterly at Baton Rouge, La. Although issued by the Louisiana State University Press, it was not a university organ, but was primarily a regional review. Its editors ...
William Goyen

William Goyen  

(1915–83),American novelist and short-story writer, born in Trinity, Texas, educated at Rice Institute. During the Second World War he served as an officer in the navy. Goyen's first novel ...
Writing as a Woman in the Twentieth Century

Writing as a Woman in the Twentieth Century  

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During the Progressive Era, roughly spanning 1890 to 1920, the American woman struggled to change the definition of womanhood in profound ways. At issue was the right to vote, to ...

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