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American literature writer's match (columns)?Column A1) Emily Dickerson 2) O. Henry3)...

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farina | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted June 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM via web

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American literature writer's match (columns)?

Column A

1) Emily Dickerson 
2) O. Henry
3) Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
4) Mark Twain
5) Jack London 
6) Stephen Crane
7) Paul Laurence Dunbar
8) Sara Teasdale
9) Edwin Arlington Robinson

 

Column B
a) humorous writer who perfected the use of vernacular in his novels and tales
b) naturalist writer who pitted his protagonist against the elements
c) poet who wrote works in both black dialect and formal language 
d) short story writer famous for ironic "twist" endings
e) popular poet of narrative poems about small town people 
f) naturalist writer whose work explored social conflicts 
g) reclusive poet whose work became a major influence on American poetry after her death
h) early 20th-century poet who used an extended metaphor to write about passing the high point of one's life without knowing it
i) New England regionalist writer

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speamerfam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM (Answer #1)

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This is really nine questions in one, I would say, so I'm going to match O.Henry for you, to the short story writer who was famous for ironic surprise endings.  One of his most famous stories is "The Gift of the Magi," which is a story of love and sacrifice. 

You might be interested to know that O. Henry's real name was William Sydney Porter and that he served a sentence in an Ohio prison for embezzlement.  There he began to write stories to help support his daughter. He was released after serving three years of his sentence, and he then made his living exclusively as a writer.  Sadly, he had drinking problems and died from cirrhosis of the liver. 

I have provided a link to an enotes summary of "The Gift of the Magi for you and a link to a brief biography. 

Sources:

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM (Answer #2)

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Mark Twain was the a) humorous writer who perfected the use of vernacular in his novels and tales.

Emily Dickinson (not Dickerson) was the g) reclusive poet whose work became a major influence on American poetry after her death

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