Allen Ginsberg Portrait

Allen Ginsberg was the loudest voice of the Beat Generation. His controversial "Howl" is one of the most influential American poems since World War II. A Jewish, Homosexual, Tibetan Buddhist, Son-of-an-Insane-Communist, Ginsberg spent his later years teaching at Brooklyn College before his death in 1997.

Carlos Fuentes Portrait

Carlos Fuentes was something of a pilot light for "El Boom," a 1960's burst of Latin-American literature. His work is best described as "magical realism." Fuentes' most popular novel is La muerte de Artemio Cruz (The Death of Artemio Cruz), written in 1962.

Joan Didion Portrait

A journalist, screenwriter, and novelist, Joan Didion has authored over a dozen books, including Salvador and The White Album. She also co-wrote the screenplay for Up Close & Personal.

Junot Diaz Portrait

Born in the Dominican Republic, Junot Diaz is the author of Drown, published in 1996. His work has appeared in Story, The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories 1996, The Paris Review, and African Verse.

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