sylvia plath

She refused, refused, refused.

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His legacy precedes him.

1804 watercolor of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra

Who is your Jane Austen?

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A Victorian — but no apologist for Victorian values.

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Amanda French on DIPLOMA REGULAR


There is no such thing as “a Josephine Tey.”


“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”


A poetess with a talent for assured incongruity.

P. C. Wodehouse. Digital ID: 1544571. New York Public Library

His writing was a testament to the joy of frustration.

David Foster Wallace

The really important kind of freedom involves attention.

Jeanette Winterson 2010 -- Photo by Chris Boland /

Interested in all manner of things, from cancer to clementines.

Barbara Ehrenreich

A tireless activist, funny and trenchant.

Philip Larkin

He wrote poems with punch.

Dorothy L. Sayers

What linked her lowbrow mysteries and highbrow scholarship?

Henri Rousseau, Moi-même

His paintings say “Mine! Mine!” and cannot be consoled or reasoned with.

Aldous Huxley

This pedigreed, highbrow dystopian was a godfather of the Sixties.

Pablo Neruda

A wandering, committed poet of crepuscular love.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Before we blamed our madness on nature, we drove each other crazy.

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, 1978

An analyst of excess as well as a practitioner.

Walker Percy

How to write like you have nothing left to lose.

The myth of the cave and the form of fantasy.