E. E. Cummings
E. E. Cummings   (1894 - 1962, American)
Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in all lowercase letters as ...
Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski   (1920 - 1994, American)
Henry Charles Bukowski was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Bukowski's writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home ...
Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath   (1932 - 1963, American)
Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, children's author, and short story author. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The ...
Robert Frost
Robert Frost   (1874 - 1963, American)
Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. ...
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou   (1928 - 2014, American)
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven ...
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway   (1899-1961, American)
Born in Illinois in 1899, Ernest Hemingway grew up in Oak Park, a comfortable conservative suburb of Chicago. His childhood leisure activities included hunting and ...
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot   (1888 - 1965, American)
Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, playwright and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Among his most famous writings are ...
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein   (1930 - 1999, American)
Sheldon Alan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He sometimes styled himself as Uncle Shelby, ...
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg   (1926 - 1997, American)
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet. Ginsberg is best known for the poem "Howl" (1956), celebrating his friends who were members of the Beat ...
Jack Kerouac   (1922 - 1969, American)
Jack Kerouac was an American author, poet and painter. Alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he is considered a pioneer of the Beat Generation. ...
Anne Sexton   (1928 - 1974, American)
Anne Sexton was an influential American poet and writer known for her highly personal, confessional poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. ...
James Douglas 'Jim' Morrison   (1943-1971, American)
American rock singer and rock lyric who achieved after his death a cult position among fans. Morrison wished to be accepted as a serious artist, ...
Langston Hughes   (1902 - 1967, American)
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the new ...
J. D. Salinger   (1919, American)
Jerome David "J. D." Salinger is an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive ...
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound   (1885 - 1972, American)
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in the first half ...
Sara Teasdale   (1884 - 1933, American)
Sara Teasdale was an American lyrical poet. She was born Sarah Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout her life, Teasdale suffered poor health and ...
Dorothy Parker   (1893 - 1967, American)
Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted ...
Carl Sandburg   (1878 - 1967, American)
Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and another for ...
William Carlos Williams   (1883 - 1963, American)
William Carlos Williams, also known as WCW, was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner ...
Edna St. Vincent Millay   (1892 - 1950, American)
Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also ...
Mary Oliver   (1935 - Present, American)
Mary Oliver is an American poet. Oliver’s poetry is grounded in memories of Ohio and her adopted home of New England. Influenced by both Whitman ...
Wallace Stevens   (1879 - 1955, American)
Wallace Stevens was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and spent most ...
Audre Lorde   (1934 - 1992, American)
Audre Geraldine Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. A contemporary of such feminist poets as Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich, Lorde also expressed ...
Louise Glück   (1943 - Present, American)
Louise Elisabeth Glück (born 22 April 1943) is an American poet of Hungarian Jewish heritage. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the ...
Ogden Nash   (1902 - 1971, American)
Frederic Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, the New York Times ...
Mary Elizabeth Frye   (1905-2004, American)
Mary Elizabeth Frye was a Baltimore housewife and florist, best known as the author of the poem "Do not stand at my grave and weep". ...
Elizabeth Bishop   (1911 - 1979, American)
Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1911, but spent part of her childhood with her Canadian grandparents after her father's death and her ...
Conrad Aiken   (1889 - 1973, American)
Conrad Potter Aiken was an American novelist and poet, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, and an autobiography. Aiken was deeply influenced by symbolism, ...
Richard Brautigan   (1935 - 1982, American)
Born on January 30th, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington, little is known of his childhood but it is rumored it was a troubled one. Somewhere around ...
John Updike   (1932 - 2009, American)
John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (the ...
Theodore Roethke   (1908 - 1963, American)
Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1908. As a child, he spent much time in the greenhouse owned by his father and uncle. ...
E. B. White   (1899 - 1985, American)
Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White was an American writer. A long-time contributor to "The New Yorker" magazine, he also wrote many famous books for both ...
W. S. Merwin   (1927 - Present, American)
William Stanley Merwin is an American poet. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 80s ...
Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron   (1902 - 2000, American)
Amelia Aaron was born in Louisiana. She was a businesswoman, and was accomplished in music and poetry. She lived to be 98 years old and ...
Thomas Wolfe   (1900 - 1938, American)
Thomas Clayton Wolfe was an acclaimed American novelist of the early 20th century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and ...
May Sarton   (1912 - 1995, American)
May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton, an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. Many of her works reflect the lesbian experience. Sarton ...
Leonie Adams   (1899-1988, American)
Leonie Adams was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899. The fifth of six children. She was brought up in a strict home. She was ...
Stephen Vincent Benet   (1898 - 1943, American)
Stephen Vincent Benét was an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist. Benét is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American ...
Archibald MacLeish   (1892 - 1982, American)
Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the modernist school of poetry. He has received three ...
 
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