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W.S. Merwin named new U.S. Poet Laureate

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner W.S. Merwin will be the 2010-11 U.S. poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. The 82-year-old Merwin, who is also a National Book Award recipient, succeeds Kay Ryan.
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The Writers of the W.P.A.

Created in 1935, in the heart of the Great Depression, the Writers' Project supported more than 6,600 writers, editors and researchers during its four years of federal financing. When the government funds expired, Congress let the program continue under state sponsorship until 1943. More
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The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes

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Women writing in 19th Century America

Most people today have heard of few, if any, of the many women writers of the 19th century. These authors were important because they opened doors for women in the literary marketplace and provided some of the most vibrant and independent female characters in literature. More
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'Tis the season — every year at this time — for the various renderings of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens was not the only writer from this literary period (1837-1901) to become a mainstay of today's favorite authors.  Dickens wrote the most famous Christmas ghost story, A Christmas Carol (1843), and also a Christmas fairy story intended to be read aloud on winter evenings, The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy-tale of Home (1846).
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And the winner is....

Colum McCann’s novel “Let the Great World Spin” took the fiction prize among five finalists at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York City Wednesday , November 18.  Other winners were..
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