|Anne Moody (1940-)
||As the author of the autobiography Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody is one of the best-known writers of the civil rights movement.
||Biographical entry for Benjamin Franklin
|The Critique of Journalism in Sister Carrie
||Theodore Dreiser's image of the pathetic Hurstwood sitting idly in his rocking chair ranks as one of the most memorable in all of American literature. The image, like others before and since, is one of the seeker. This seeker's gaze, however, is fixe...
|Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
||Biographical entry for Edgar Allan Poe
|Flight into Fancy: Poe’s Discovery of the Right Brain
||"Phrenology is no longer to be laughed at," Edgar Allan Poe wrote in an 1836 review of Phrenology, and the Moral Influence of Phrenology. "It is no longer laughed at by men of common understanding. It has assumed the majesty of science; and, as a sci...
|Frederick Kemper Freeman
||Biographical entry for Frederick Kemper Freeman
|Hodding Carter (1907-1972)
||One of the most prominent Southern newspaper editors of his era, Hodding Carter, Jr., crusaded against Louisiana politician Huey Long and racial discrimination. A recipient of a 1946 Pulitzer Prize for his journalism, Carter also distinguished himse...
|How the Mind Turns Language into Meaning
|The Internet in Service-Learning
||Service-learning is the coupling of academic work that students do in a classroom with students’ service to an organization outside the classroom. The academic work and the service are completed together, so that students both study issues and become...
|News of Her Own: Harriett Beecher Stowe’s Investigative Fiction
||Known partly as a protest novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin is also a critique of and a substitute for contemporary journalism. Frustrated by what she felt was an inadequate response to slavery by America’s journalists, Harriet Beecher Stowe attacked both pr...
|The Paperboy Turned Novelist: Thomas Wolfe and Journalism
||After dabbling in journalism as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thomas Wolfe became one of America's best-known novelists. As a writer of fiction, Wolfe critiqued journalism in both his novel Look Homeward, Angel...
|The Polar Regions
||The America that Poe inhabited in the early nineteenth was deeply engaged in geographic exploration. Three years before Poe’s birth in 1809, Lewis and Clark returned from their expedition across the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Over the next h...
|Rebecca Harding Davis’s Human Stories of the Civil War
||The decades leading up to the Civil War were fabulously rich ones for American literature—an “American Renaissance” in the words of literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen. During this era, some of the nation’s writers—notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, but a...
|The Right Brain in Poe's Creative Process
||I would give the world," Edgar Allan Poe wrote at the beginning of his career, "to embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination" (Letters 32). The words, penned to editor John Neal in 1829, mark the beginning of Poe's lifelong fascination with ...
||The sheriff casts a long--and wide--shadow over the southern literary landscape. A lawman in a lawless region, he is sometimes the heavy and sometimes just plain heavy: an epic hero walking tall or an impotent buffoon weighing down the fun.
|Short Story, Beginnings to 1900
||In an era when most American literature came from the North, the South distinguished itself most notably in the short story, producing two of its foremost authorities in Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain, as well as one of its best-known characters in U...
|Stories of Today: Rebecca Harding Davis’ Investigative Fiction
|| Long before her son, Richard Harding Davis, became a star reporter, Rebecca Harding Davis worked for the Wheeling Intelligencer in her home state of Virginia. Throughout a writing career that spanned ive decades and produced hundreds of stories, ...
|The Syllabus: A Place to Engage Students' Egos
||A syllabus that is well crafted and meaningfully presented can shift the Millennial students’ question from “What’s in it for me?” to “What role should I play in discovering what’s in it for me?”
|Thomas Dunn English
||Biographical entry for Thomas Dunn English
|Thomas Holley Chivers, 1809-1858
||Biographical entry for Thomas Holley Chivers.
|Thomas Wolfe, "Return," and the Asheville Citizen
||Seven years is a long time to be away from home. For Thomas Wolfe, it must not have seemed long enough. He had last visited Asheville in September 1929, some six weeks before the publication of Look Homeward, Angel. During the intervening years, he h...
|Vardis Fisher: An Essay in Bibliography
||"Vardis Fisher: An Essay in Bibliography" summarizes editions, manuscripts and letters, biographical works, and critical books and articles on Western novelist Vardis Fisher.