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Author Biographies

Biography and Critics Sites

This page is a starting point for those of you who, like myself, have a hard time finding literary criticism on the Internet. Basically what I have here is a collection of links to other sites on the web. They’re alphabetical by the author they discuss, and I’m adding more all the time. As I gather more sites, I’ll be updating this page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, try one of the general literary criticism sites I’ve collected. I do ask you to send me any URLs you may have for literary criticism sites, whether they’re specific or general.This page is an attempt to bring together literary author biographies available on the World Wide Web. The biographies vary in quality, timeliness, length, and authority. A good homepage offers:

  • a short biography
  • a bibliography
  • anything you can find on line about this writer
  • short reviews of the major works
  • characteristic quotations or even more: some poems, a short story, or even a longer work
  • a portrait and possibly more pictures.

 

A

Chinua AchebeMaria Gaetana AgnesiShmuel Yosef Agnon (Nobel 1966) – Anna Akhmatova: 1 2Louisa May Alcott – Vicente Aleixandre (Nobel 1977) – Isabel Allende – Hanan al-Shaykh 1, 2Ivo Andriic (Nobel 1961) – Maya AngelouLouis AragonIsaac Asimov – Miguel Angel Asturias (Nobel 1967) 1, 2Margaret AtwoodW.H. Auden – Paul Auster1, 2, 3, 4Jane AustenMartin Amis – Maya Angelou1, 2, 3,Avi

Critics sites by Author:

Allende, Isabella

Angelou, Maya

Atwood, Margaret

Auden, William H.

Austen, Jane

Auster, Paul


B

L. Frank BaumSteven BarnesCharles BaxterSylvia BeachLouis Becke – Samuel Beckett (Nobel 1969): 1, 2, 3, 4Madison Smart BellHenry Bellamann – Saul Bellow: (Nobel, 1976) 1 2Andrei Bely – Jacinto Benavente (Nobel 1922) – Angela Benson – Henri Bergson (Nobel 1927) – Carl L. BiemillerAmbrose BierceElizabeth Bishop – Bjornstjerne Martinus Bjornson (Nobel 1903) – Judy BlumeWilliam Blake – Heinrich Boell (Nobel 1972) – Chris BohjalianAnne BronteRita Mae BrownJohn BuchananPearl S. Buck (Nobel, 1938) Charles BukowskiSylvia Bukowski – Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (Nobel 1933) – John BurroughsBetsy Byars

Critics sites by Author:

Barbauld, Anna Lætitia

Beowulf

Bronte, Charlotte

Bronte, Emily


C

Lewis CarrollAlbert Camus (Nobel, 1957) – Elias Canetti (Nobel 1981) – Giosue Carducci (Nobel 1906) – Eric CarleRaymond CarverWilla Cather – Jose Camilo Cela (Nobel 1989) – Miguel de CervantesAlain ChartierGeoffrey ChaucerAnton ChekhovGabriello ChiabreraKate ChopinAgatha ChristieWinston Churchil (Nobel 1953) – Beverly ClearyBrian CoffeyS.T. ColeridgeColette (Sidonie-Gabrielle)Ivy Compton-BurnettJoseph ConradCatherine Cookson – Caroline Cooney 1, 2 – Robert Cormier 1, 2, 3Hart CraneStephen CraneHarry CrewsChris Crutcher – Christopher Paul Curtis: 1 , 2Ellen CusackKaren Cushman


D

Marguerite deAngeli – Grazia Deledda (Nobel 1926) – Tomi dePaola 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Charles Dickens 1, 2 – Emily Dickinson 1 2Rosanne DingliAlex DomokosJ.P. Donleavey – Richard Dooling: 1, 2Hilda DoolittleFyodor DostoevskyRita DoveRoddy DoyleAndres Dubus IIITheodore DreiserPaul Laurence DunbarDaphne du MaurierLawrence Durrell

Critics sites by Author:

Dante (Alighieri)

Dickens, Charles

Dickenson, Emily

Dostoevsky, Fyodor


E

Patricia EakinsUmberto Eco – Jose Echegaray Y Eizaguirre (Nobel 1904) – T.S. Eliot (Nobel 1948) – Odysseus Elytis (Nobel 1979) – Louise Erdrich: 1, 2Barbara Esstman – Rudolf Eucken (Nobel 1908) – (Alice) Pearl Evans

Critics sites by Author:

Eliot, George

Eliot, T.S.

Euripides


F

John FanteWilliam Faulkner (Nobel 1949) – F. Scott FitzgeraldE.M. ForsterGwynne Forster – Anatole France (Nobel 1921) – Anne FrankRobert FrostCarlos Fuentes

Critics sites by Author:

Faulkner, William

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Forster, E.M.

 


G

John Galsworthy (Nobel 1932) – Roger Martin Du Gard (Nobel 1937) – Anne F. GarretaRomain GaryAndre Gide (Nobel 1947) – Allen GinsbergCharles Ghigna – Karl Gjellerup (Nobel 1917) – Rosemary GlennKen GoddardGoethe – William Golding (Nobel 1983): 1, 2 – Nadine Gordimer (Nobel 1991) – Robert Graves – David Guterson 1, 2

Critics sites by Author:

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel


H

Lorraine HansberryVirginia HamiltonKnut Pedersen Hamsun (Nobel 1920) – Elizabeth Harris – Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann: (Nobel 1912) 1, 2Randolph HealySeamus Heaney (Nobel 1995) – Carl Gustaf Verner Von Heidenstam (Nobel 1916) – Ernest Hemingway (Nobel, 1954) – O. HenryAnn HerrickHermann Hesse (Nobel 1946) – Karen HessePaul Johann Ludwig Heyse (Nobel 1910) – Joan Hall HoveyLangston HughesJames HurstZora Neale HurstonLaura Huxley

Critics sites by Author:

Hardy, Thomas

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Homer

Hurston, Zora Neale

Huxley, Aldous


I

John IrvingKazuo Ishiguro


J

Shirley Jackson: 1, 2, 3, 4Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (Nobel 1944) – Juan Ramon Jimenez (Nobel 1956) – B.S. JohnsonEyvind Johnson (Nobel 1974) – Samuel JohnsonJames Jones – James Joyce 1, 2, 3Trevor Joyce

Critics sites by Author:

James, Henry

Johnson, Samuel

Joyce, James


K

Erik Axel Karlfeldt (Nobel 1931) – Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel 1968) – Jack KerouacJamaica Kincaid – Barbara Kingsolver: 1, 2Maxine Hong KingstonRudyard Kipling (Nobel 1907) –

Critics sites by Author:

Kafka, Franz

Kerouac, Jack

 


L

Par Fabian Lagerkvist (Nobel 1951) – Selma Lagerloef (Nobel 1909) – Halldor Kiljan Laxness (Nobel 1955) – Harper LeeUrsuala K. LeGuinMadeleine L’Engle – Dorris Lessing 1, 2, – C.S. Lewis – Sinclair Lewis: (Nobel 1930) 1, 2Jack LondonRobert LowellClare Booth Luce

Critics sites by Author:

Lawrence, D. H.

London, Jack


M

Naquib Mahquz (Nobel 1988) – Count Maurice Maeterlinck (Nobel 1911) – Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel 1988): 1, 2Thomas Mann _ Katherine MansfieldEugenio Mantale (Nobel 1975) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel, 1982) – Roger Martin du Gard 1, 2Harry Martinson (Nobel 1974) – C.M. MayoWendell MayoFrancois Mauriac (Nobel 1952) – Cormac McCarthyCarson McCullersHerman MelvilleArthur MillerG. Wayne MillerHenry MillerA. A. MilneCzeslaw Milosz (Nobel 1980) – Frederic Mistral (Nobel 1904) – Gabriela Mistral (Nobel 1945) 1, 2Jacquelyn MitchardN. Scott MomadayChristian Matthias Theodor Mommsen (Nobel 1902) – Marianne Moore – Toni Morrison: (Nobel 1993) 1, 2, 3Robert Musil

Critics sites by Author:

Marlowe, Christopher

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia — See Garcia Marquez

McCarthy, Cormac

McCullers, Carson

Melville, Herman

Miller, Arthur

Milton, John

Moliere

Morrison, Toni


N

Vladimir NabokovGloria Naylor – Pablo Neruda (Nobel 1971): 1, 2 – Anais Nin 1, 2


O

Joyce Carol OatesFlannery O’Conner – Eugene O’Neill (Nobel 1936): 1, 2 – Kenzaburo Oe (Nobel 1994): 1, 2 3

Critics sites by Author:

Orwell, George


P

Janie Lynn PanagopoulosErna ParisLinda Sue Park Francine PascalBoris Pasternak (Nobel 1958) – Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 1, 2 – Gary Paulsen 1, 2, 3 – – Octavio Paz (Nobel 1990) 1, 2, 3, 4Richard PeckAnn Perry _ Saint-john Perse (Nobel 1960) – Terry PersunLuigi Pirandello (Nobel 1934) – Tamora PiercePatricia PolaccoHenrik Pontoppidan (Nobel 1917) – Ezra PoundReynold PriceSully Prudhomme (Nobel 1901) –

Critics sites by Author:

Parker, Dorothy

 


Q

Paul QuarringtonSalvatore Quasimodo (Nobel 1959) –


R

Tom RaworthWladyslaw Reymont (Nobel 1924) – Anne Rice – Ann Rinaldi 1, 2, 3Tom RobbinsLucia St.Clair RobsonRomain Rolland (Nobel 1915) – David RossDiana RossJ. K. Rowling 1 2 3 4 5Arundhati RoySalmon Rushdie – Bertrand Russell (Nobel 1950): 1, 2, Cynthia Rylant

Critics sites by Author:

Rand, Ayn


S

Nelly Sachs (Nobel 1966) – Edna St. VincentJean-Paul Sartre (Nobel 1964) – Allen SayDorothy SayersGiorgos Seferis (Nobel 1963) – Jaroslav Seifert (Nobel 1984) – Maurice SendakAnne SextonGeorge Bernard Shaw (Nobel 1925) – Mary ShelleyMichail Sholokhov (Nobel 1965) – Henryk Sienkiewicz (Nobel 1905) – Frans Sillanpaa (Nobel 1939) – Randall SilvisShel SilversteinClaude Simon (Nobel 1985) – Isaac Bashevis Singer (Nobel 1978) – Robert Skimin – Jane Smiley: 1, 2Michael SmithZilpha Keatley Snyder – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel 1970): 1, 2Wole Soyinka (Nobel 1986) – Edmund SpenserCarl Spitteler (Nobel 1919) – Charles Haddon SpurgeonLarraine Stacey – John Steinbeck (Nobel, 1962) 1 2Wallace StevensR.L. StineStella Sole – Harriet Beecher Stowe: 1 , 2 – William Styron: 1, 2, 3, 4Pira SudhamGlendon SwarthoutKathryn SwarthoutMiles SwarthoutWislawa Szymborska (Nobel, 1996) –

Critics sites by Author:

Salinger, J.D.

Shakespeare, William

Shaw, Geaorge Bernard

Shelley, Mary

Smiley, Jane

Spenser, Edmund

Steinbeck, John

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Swift, Jonathan


T

Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel 1913) – Amy Tan – Eleanora Tate 1, 2Donna Tartt – Mildred Taylor: 1, 2, 3, 4Marcia TheophiloHenry D. ThoreauJ. R. R. Tolkien – Leo Tolstoy1, 3, 4Jean-Philippe ToussaintBarbara TuchmanMark Twain

Critics sites by Author:

Thoreau, Henry David

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolstoy, Lev Nikolayevich

Twain, Mark

 


U

Sigrid Undset (Nobel 1928) 1, 2, 3John Updike


V

Andrew VachssChris Van Allsburg – Mona Van Duyn: 1, 2, 3Maffeo Vegio – Jules Verne: 1 2Kurt Vonnegut

Critics sites by Author:

Virgil

Vonnegut, Kurt


W

Derek Walcott (Nobel 1992) – Alice WalkerEvelyn WaughFriedrich Wilhelm WeberFrancis Xavier WeningerCharles Harris WesleyJames L. W. West IIIDavid WheldonPatrick White (Nobel 1973) – John Edgar Wideman 1, 2, 3, 4Oscar WildeLaura Ingalls WilderAugust WilsonWilliam Carlos Williams – August Wilson 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6P. G. WodehouseAudrey WoodBobby R. WoodallThomas WolfeTom WolfePatricia C. WredeRichard Wright

Critics sites by Author:

Walker, Alice

Wharton, Edith

Wilde, Oscar

Wilder, Thornton

Williams, Tennessee

Woolf, Virginia

Wordsworth, William

 


X


Y

W. B. Yeats (Nobel, 1923) – Jane Yolen


Z

Roger Zelazny

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