The Short Stories of James Baldwin

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." —James A. Baldwin
Today is the birthday of James Baldwin, one of the most critically acclaimed African American writers of the 20th century. Below is a excerpt from Baldwin's author entry in Short...
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In celebration of Herman Melville’s birthday, read about Moby-Dick

"A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things." - Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891)   Today is the birthday of Herman Melville, author of Billy Bud, "Bartebly the Scrivener," and Moby-Dick—considered by many, such as William Faulkner, to be the greatest American novel. The Literature Criticism Series has had numerous entries on Melville and his many works. Below is a sample from the Moby-Dick entry in Nineteenth-Century Literature...
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"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." — Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973), American expatriate writer. To learn more about Buck, see Contemporary Literary Criticism: Volume 127.

Today is Ambrose Bierce’s Birthday. Read a Preview of Bierce’s Entry in Short Story Criticism: Volume 244

"Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries."  -- From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (born June 24, 1842)

From Short Story Criticism: Volume 244:

Ambrose Bierce


(Full name Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce; also spelled Gwinett; also wrote under the pseudonyms Dod Grile and William Herman) American short-story writer, journalist, essayist, fabulist, and poet.

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"How often one reads a contemporary full-length novel and thinks quietly, mutinously, that it would have worked out better at half or a third the length." — Ian McEwan, English novelist and author of Atonement. Born June 21, 1948.