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March 28, 1999
Paul Robeson(1898-1976)Robeson, the youngest son of an escaped slave, graduated from Rutgers University, later Columbia Law School and went on to be primarily an actor and a singer.Robeson was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for the loyalty to Russia that he had developed. It was during this period that he wrote "Here I Stand."In it he discusses how his political views came about. He also used the book to encourage blacks in continuing the Civil Rights Movement independently while being mindful of their heritage.
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Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Francis Bacon, the English lawyer, statesman, philosopher and author, is remembered in literary circles for the sharpness of a few dozen essays as well as for the rumors of his possible alter ego -- William Shakespeare. An argument, first advanced in the mid-18th century, claimed that Shakespeare, a nobody from Stratford, lacked the social background, education and temperament to have written his masterpieces. Various people attempted to prove Bacon's authorship, however most Shakespeare scholars assume the Bard himself wrote the plays.
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August 1, 1999
Noted AuthorsEmily Elizabeth Dickinson(1830-1886)Born in Amherst, Mass., Dickinson wrote poems that generations of readers have studied.None of her work was published while she lived. After her death, Dickinson's sister, Lavinia, found almost 2,000 poems of hers, most without a title.Paradoxically, almost all of her poems are romantic, yet she never married.Dickinson's poetry has had perhaps the greatest impact of any poet of any time.-- Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Noted AuthorsEmily Elizabeth Dickinson(1830-1886)Born in Amherst, Mass., Dickinson wrote poems that generations of readers have studied.None of her work was published while she lived. After her death, Dickinson's sister, Lavinia, found almost 2,000 poems of hers, most without a title.Paradoxically, almost all of her poems are romantic, yet she never married.Dickinson's poetry has had perhaps the greatest impact of any poet of any time.-- Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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