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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 Eleanor Lanahan
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

Guests talked about the life, works and legacy of author F. Scott Fitzgerald in an effort to learn about the Jazz Age and "the Roaring Twenties."

3.

by Robin Kelley
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Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

From the library of DeWitt Clinton High School, where James Baldwin attended school, guests examined racism in America and the rise of the civil rights movement through the life and writings of social critic James Baldwin.

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by Susan Beegel
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Year Released:
 2002

From Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West, Florida, the guests talked about his life and writings, and how the history of the 1920s and 1930s was characterized in his novels and short stories, with emphasis on The Sun Also Rises.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 1994

Descend into the dark world and tragic life of the melancholy author who is the uncontested master of the macabre, and hear excerpts from his famous works.

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by Thadious Davis
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Year Released:
 2002

From Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home, the guests talked about his life and his writings, focusing on the Yoknapatawpha County novels.

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Year Released:
 1996

First known for his controversial book of poetry, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman was thought to be vulgar and immoral. Whitman was unorthodox in form as well as content.

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by Shari Benstock
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Year Released:
 2001

Guests examined the history of the Gilded Age through the writings of Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country and Ethan Frome.

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by Dean Bradley
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Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2001

Guests discussed the history of the Early Republic, the transcendental movement, and American intellectual history through the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

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Year Released:
 1996

Born to a once-prominent New York family, Herman Melville grew up in an atmosphere of financial instability.

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