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Claire Sprague

Claire Sprague received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, New York University, Reed College and the University of Zaragoza. Sprague's publications include Van Wyck Brooks: The Early Years, Rereading Doris Lessing: Narrative Strategies of Doubling and Repetition, In Pursuit of Doris Lessing: Nine Nations Reading and Virginia Woolf: A Collection of Critical Essays.

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Ellen Moers

Ellen Moers’ Literary Women (1976), the third and last book of her career, is a benchmark of feminist criticism. While early critics attacked Literary Women for its exclusive focus on women writers, her analysis of Mary Shelley and other women writers reshaped our understanding of their work.

Jane Bowles

Admired for her darkly comic wit by writers like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and John Ashbery, writer Jane Bowles became the center of an avant-garde circle in Morocco with her husband, writer Paul Bowles. Her works have garnered critical acclaim long after her death.

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