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Year Released:
 1985

Clips, an actor (Jack Coulter), and friends, including William S. Burroughs, profile the beatnik author of "On the Road."

2.
Available on:
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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.

3.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 1999

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

4.
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.

5.

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.

6.
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 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:
 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.

9.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1961

The documentary details the life and work of the celebrated Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.

10.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 2004

The remarkable, yet troubled, life of the author of The Dubliners, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake.

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