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Writers on America

20 May 2008

Presents 15 essays by a diverse group of contemporary American writers, poets, essayists, and intellectuals, on how being an American has affected their decision to write and what they have written during successful careers. Their meditations illuminate in an interesting way certain American values — freedom, diversity, democracy, in the context of individual development. Frequently, for this group of writers, the sense of home means an immigrant culture, with a parent or grandparent from another land; however, the central concept for many of these authors, no matter what their backgrounds, is "possibility," both in personal and creative terms.

Introduction

Just Off Main Street

I, Too, Sing America

The Compulsory Power of American Dreams

A Postcard from America

Maps and Legends

What’s American about American Poetry?

America’s American

How Does Being an American Inform What I Write?

For Life’s Sake

Both Sides of the Border

An American Milk Bottle

On Being an American Writer

This Crutch That I Love

A Provincial Sense of Time

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