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Vanessa Hua: Kindred spirits in the heroines of Little Women and the Little House books
Leopoldine Core: Nella Larsen’s radical Passing and other influences on When Watched
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Putting the alternate in alternate history: Whitman, Poe, and “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”
Dismiss Kurt Vonnegut’s “modest, winking profundity” at your own peril, says Ron Currie, Jr.
Sandra Simonds: Plath, Ginsberg, and an “urgently necessary” personal canon
Musharraf Ali Farooqi: Isaac Bashevis Singer’s world is my own
Luc Sante takes a “headlong plunge” into the lives of nineteenth-century American poets
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Sara Jaffe: From James Baldwin to Lynne Tillman—four influences on Dryland
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