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    • Anne Carson

      Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, professor of Classics, and translator. “In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry,” wrote Daphne Merkin in the New York...

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      Tom Sleigh is the author of more than nine volumes of poetry, including The Chain (1996), Far Side of the Earth (2003), Space Walk (2007), and Station Zed (2015). Space Walk won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award and...

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      Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, poet Ishion Hutchinson earned a BA at the University of the West Indies, an MFA at New York University, and a PhD at the University...

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    • Painting of John Donne.

      John Donne’s standing as a great English poet, and one of the greatest writers of English prose, is now assured. However, it has been confirmed only in the early 20th...

    • Painting of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.

      Mary Sidney was the most important non-royal woman writer and patron in Elizabethan England. Without appearing to transgress the strictures against women's writing, she composed a sizable body of work,...

    • William Shakespeare

      While William Shakespeare’s reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (1609), quarried since the early 19th...

    • Oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1588.

      Although the influence of Queen Elizabeth I on the literature of the period that bears her name has been much discussed, her own status as an author has been less...

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      To understand Edmund Spenser's place in the extraordinary literary renaissance that took place in England during the last two decades of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, it is helpful to...

    • Black and white engraving of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne, published in 1799.

      Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was a prolific writer who worked in many genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, letters, biography, science, and even science fiction. Unlike most women of her...

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