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Poet, Essayist Transcendentalism Movement Rebel of his time Famous Works: Leaves of Grass “O Captain, My Captain”. Walt Whitman. Poet Dark & Inspirational works Life was plagued by mental illness & death of family members Famous works: “The Road Not Taken” “Home Burial”. Robert Frost.

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walt whitman
Poet, Essayist

Transcendentalism Movement

Rebel of his time

Famous Works:

Leaves of Grass

“O Captain, My Captain”

Walt Whitman
robert frost

Dark & Inspirational works

Life was plagued by mental illness & death of family members

Famous works:

“The Road Not Taken”

“Home Burial”

Robert Frost
edgar allan poe
Poem & Short Stories

Very dark & haunting works

Tragic life

Personal demons

Famous works:

“The Raven”

“The Monkey’s Paw”

“Annabel Lee”

Edgar Allan Poe
maya angelou
Poet, Essayist & Author

One of the first African American Woman’s voices


Dramatic life

Famous works:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

All of God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

Maya Angelou
ernest hemingway

“A Man’s Man”

Lost Generation


Personal demons

Famous Works:

A Farewell to Arms

The Sun Also Rises

Old Man & The Sea

Ernest Hemingway
langston hughes
Poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. Harlem Renaissance

Writings involve the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in the 1920’s

Famous Works:

The Nation

“Mother to Son”

Langston Hughes
william faulkner
Mainly Novelist

Another “Man’s Man”


Intense, "stream of consciousness“ author

Famous Works:

As I Lay Dying

The Sound & The Fury

William Faulkner
t s eliot
Intense Poet

American, then later British

A new style of poetry

Famous works:

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

“The Hallow Men”

“The Waste Land”

T.S. Eliot
kate chopin

One of the first American Woman’s voice

Life of limited freedom

Famous work:

The Awakening

Kate Chopin
f scott fitzgerald
Mainly Novelist

Lost Generation

Works involve the downfall of Americans’ morals

Personal demons

Famous works:

The Great Gatsby

The Beautiful & The Damned

Tender is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald
toni morrison
Mainly Novelist

Race & Gender issue

Intense author

Famous works:


The Bluest Eye


Toni Morrison
sylvia plath
Poet & Novelist

American & English

Intense writing & life

Personal demons

Famous works:

The Bell Jar



Sylvia Plath
john steinbeck
California Novelist

WW II & Traveler

American struggles

Famous works:

East of Eden

Of Mice & Men

Grapes of Wrath

Travels With Charlie

John Steinbeck
mark twain
Classic American author

“Larger than Life”

Southern life

Famous works:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain
truman capote
Novelist & Essayist

“Larger than Life”

Interesting personal life

Personal demons

Famous works:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote
harper lee


Quiet Life

Still living

Famous (and only) work:

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
jack kerouac
Poet & Novelist

“Father of the Beats”

1950’s New York

Personal demons

Famous works:

On the Road

Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac
tennessee williams

Personal demons

Very dramatic and scandalous plays

Famous works:

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

“The Glass Menagerie”

“A Streetcar Named Desire”

Tennessee Williams
washington irving
Short stories & Essays

Strong imagination

World traveler

Famous works:

“Rip Van Winkle”

“The Legend of Sleeping Hallow”

Washington Irving
arthur miller

1940’s-1960’s America

Social commentary

Famous works:

“The Crucible”

“View from the Bridge”

“Death of a Salesman”

Arthur Miller
ray bradbury
Mainly Novelist

Science Fiction & Dystopia


Famous works:

Fahrenheit 451

The Illustrated Man

The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury
jack london
Mainly novelist

Adventure and Outdoors

Very interesting personal life

Famous works:

White Fang

Call of the Wild

Jack London
nathaniel hawthorne


Dark romanticism

Famous works

The Scarlett Letter

The House of Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne
j d salinger
Mrs. Callaghan’s favorite!

Novels & Short Stories

1950’s New York Generation’s Voice

Personal demons

Famous works:

The Catcher in the Rye

Franny & Zooey

Best book EVER!

J.D. Salinger
upton sinclair

Social commentary

Pure Food and Drug Act

Famous works:

The Jungle


Upton Sinclair
kurt vonnegut
Humorist / Novelist

Very witty


Famous works:

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut
thornton wilder

Human condition

World traveler

Famous works:

“Our Town”

“The Skin of Our Teeth”

“The Bridge of San Luis Rey”

Thornton Wilder
emily dickenson

Personal demons


American Transcendentalism

Famous topics:




Emily Dickenson
e e cummings

Experimental poetry

Very controversial for the time

Lost Generation

Famous works:

“i carry your heart with me (i carry it my heart)”

“Buffalo Bill’s”

e.e. cummings
stephen crane



Famous works:

Maggie, Girl of the Street

The Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane
ralph ellison


American race relations

Extremely political

Famous works:

Invisible Man

Shadow & Act

Ralph Ellison
henry james
Short Stories & Essays

American & English

Famous works:

Daisy Miller

The Turn of the Shrew

Henry James
john updike
Essays & Short Stories



Famous works:

Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series

John Updike
gwendolyn brooks

Free verse

Blues & Jazz

Race & Gender

Famous works:

“We’re Real Cool”

“The Bean Eaters”

Gwendolyn Brooks
louisa may alcott

Transcendental roots & rebel family

Women Suffrage Movement

Famous work:

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott
lorraine hansberry

Race & Gender

Young death

Famous work:

“A Raisin in the Sun”

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words

Lorraine Hansberry
thomas paine

American and English

American Revolution

Famous work:

“Common Sense”

Thomas Paine
henry david thoreau



Famous works:


Civil Disobedience


Henry David Thoreau