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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

A vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Famous recluse J.D. Salinger has hidden from the world since "The Catcher in the Rye" took the world by storm.

3.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 2012

From Executive Producer Roland Emmerich (Anonymous, Independence Day). A controversy 400-years in the making; who wrote the works of Shakespeare? Derek Jacobi leads a stellar cast in a quest to uncover the truth behind the world's most elusive author.

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by Hunter S. Thompson
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1978

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, is a documentary film produced by BBC Omnibus in 1978 on the subject of Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Nigel Finch.

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by Peter Ackroyd
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2006

World changing events in the late 18th century - from the French Revolution via American Independence - instigated a new movement in the art, literature and thinking of Britain: The Romantics.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 2005

More than 40 years after his death, Hemingway is one of the most widely read and written about American authors. Many of his works are still in print, some in as many as 20 languages, including A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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by Don DeLillo
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1991

Film presented by author Don DeLillo, in which he explores the relationship between words and images, and between gunmen and the novelist, covering themes and events against which he sets his own fiction, including revolutions, natural disasters, toxic fall-out, plane crashes.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 1983

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973), blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1969

A 90-minute color documentary on the life of the colossus of Big Sur at work, living and revisiting old haunts in Paris and Brooklyn, talking with such friends as Lawrence Durrell, Anais Nin, Alfred Perles, Brassai and Jakob Gimpel.

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by Jeff Britting
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

From Sunset Boulevard and the Harmony Gold Theater, the guests talked about the political history of America and the world from the mid-1930s to post-World War II through the life and writings of novelist, screenwriter, and philosopher Ayn Rand.

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