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O. Henry Bio

Short biography of O. Henry (William Sydney Porter O. HENRY (1862-1910), an American short-story writer, was born at Greensboro, N.C., on Sept. 11, 1862. His real name was William Sydney Porter, and he came from an old southern family. Education: Until … Continue reading

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William Blake Biography

William Blake Biography BLAKE, WILLIAM (1757-1827), English poet and painter, was born in London, on the 28th of November 1757. His father, James Blake, kept a hosier’s shop in Broad Street, Golden Square; and from the scanty education which the young … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde: A Biographical Sketch

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an immensely gifted English writer who produced a large variety of work ranging from humorous to tragic. He had the capacity to be ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnest) as well as deadly serious (De Profundis). Continue reading

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George Herbert Biography

George Herbert Biography George Herbert (1593–1633) wrote some of the most beautiful and accessible poetry of the 17th century — yet even today, his poems offer unique spiritual insights. Learn more about this poet in the biography below, and read … Continue reading

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Edmund Spenser Author of The Faerie Queene

Edmund Spenser: The Author of The Faerie Queene By Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor of English, South Carolina College Edmund Spenser was born in London near the Tower in the year 1552. His parents were poor, though they were probably … Continue reading

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Henry David Thoreau Biography

Henry David Thoreau Biography by Dr. Ann Woodlief Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. Born in 1817, one of his first … Continue reading

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Gerard Manley Hopkins: An Analytical Biography

This essay on the life and work of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), English poet and priest, was first published in The Poets’ Chantry by Katherine Brégy (1912). It does not attempt to cover every aspect of Hopkins’ life, but rather focuses on an … Continue reading

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Illustrator Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle: Illustrator, Author, and Teacher Based on a March 2014 lecture given by Dr. David Murphy American illustrator and author Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853, to a Quaker family in Delaware. As a teenager, he studied … Continue reading

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John Dryden Poetry

John Dryden Poetry John Dryden is a Neo-Classical poet, playwright, satirist, and literary critic. Along with John Donne and John Milton, he is considered one of the three greatest poets of the 17th century. Dryden has been described as “the … Continue reading

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Poetry by Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Poetry “A Noiseless Patient Spider” “I Hear America Singing” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” “O Captain! My Captain!” “Hush’d Be the Camps Today” “To a Locomotive in Winter” Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, … Continue reading

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