American Writers

Author Pete Hamill

Author Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill, author of "Downtown: My Manhattan," discusses what makes New York home


Interview with Louise Erdrich

Erdrich speaks about notable weather, Wal-Mart and writing


What's Eating America

Corn is one of the plant kingdom's biggest successes. That's not necessarily good for the United States


Interview: David Roberts, Author of "Below the Rim"

Author David Roberts talks about what he found surprising while exploring the Grand Canyon.


Worlds Apart

Change and constance on sceptered isles

Author Maya Angelou hosts the 2000 annual conference for the Children's Defense Fund in March 2007.

35 Who Made a Difference: Maya Angelou

By singing of her own hardships, she has given strength to others

35 Who Made a Difference: Wendell Berry

A Kentucky poet draws inspiration from the land that sustains him


One Writer's Garden

In Jackson, Mississippi, preservationists are restoring the verdant retreat that sustained novelist Eudora Welty


Walden's Ripple Effect

One hundred fifty years after its publication, Henry David Thoreau's meditation remains the ultimate self-help book


Seeing Sylvia Plath

A new movie rekindles curiosity about the poet's life, love and suicide at age 30

Mark Twain (in 1906) "simply never, never goes stale," says editor Harriet Smith. If all goes well, annotating Twain's letters should be completed by 2021.

Keeping Up with Mark Twain

Berkeley researchers toil to stay abreast of Samuel Clemens' enormous literary output, which appears to continue unabated


Land Shark

In his noir satires, novelist and eco-warrior Carl Hiaasen ravages those who dare to desecrate

"Hitch your wagon to a star," wrote Emerson, whose Concord, Massachusetts, residence (c. 1900) is now a museum, Emerson House.

Still Ahead of His Time

Born 200 years ago this month, Ralph Waldo Emerson had some strange ideas about the natural world. Recent research suggests they might even be true

Maya Angelou by Ross Rossin, 2013.

Growing Up Maya Angelou

The famed writer discusses her childhood, her writing and the importance of family


Southern Comfort

Traveling back roads, brothers Matt and Ted Lee track down authentic foods for mail-order customers hankering after a taste of the Deep South


Betting on Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand beat the odds to write the hit horse-racing saga while fighting chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder starting to reveal its secrets


Prince of Tides

Before "ecology" became a buzzword, John Steinbeck preached that man is related to the whole thing


Writer of the Purple Prose

Zane Grey went West, fell in love with the desert and redefined the modern cowboy novel


Zora Neale Hurston: Out of Obscurity

Both praised and scorned in her day, this flamboyant writer of the Harlem Renaissance is attracting new generations of literary fans

A Noble and Absurd Undertaking

The Federal Writers' Project gave Depression-era writers a second chance...and America its first comprehensive self-portrait

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