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by Allen Ginsberg
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Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet born in Newark, New Jersey. Ginsberg is best known for Howl (1956), a long poem about consumer society's negative human values.

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by Arthur Miller
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Arthur Miller reads from Death of a Salesman with actress Mildred Dunnock, who played Linda Loman in the original Broadway production. It was recorded at 92Y on February 2, 1955.

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by Nikki Giovanni
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Nikki Giovanni reads and discusses excerpts from her latest of 27 books, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems.

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by Margaret Atwood
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Margaret Atwood is an international literary star and one of Canada's most celebrated authors.

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by John Cheever
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John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer. He is sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs".

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by William Faulkner
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Here you can listen in on William Faulkner’s sessions with audiences at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, during his two terms as UVA’s first Writer-in-Residence.

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by Allen Ginsberg
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Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs's work, including his book Nova Express.

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by Russell Banks
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Russell Banks, INCA's current president, is a prolific writer of fiction, whose titles include Searching for Survivors, The Relation of My Imprisonment, Continental Drift, Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter, and Cloudsplitter.

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by Garrison Keillor
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Garrison Keillor, author, and host of A Prairie Home Companion, reads from his new book, A Christmas Blizzard.

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by Gertrude Stein
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Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874, in Pittsburgh - July 27, 1946) was an American writer, poet, feminist, playwright, and catalyst in the development of modern art and literature, who spent most of her life in France.

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