Adopted into a family of Pentecostal Evangelists, Jeanette Winterson grew up in a fervently religious home. She was raised to believe that she "belonged to God and had been chosen by God, and because God was empowering her, she could do anything."
From the age of eight she began writing and deliv
Both as a novelist and as an essayist, Virginia Woolf was a pioneer of what Marguerite Duras would later call "ecriture feminine." Her unusual style, lyrical and slow as aging, is best exemplified in her later novels, which include "Mrs. Dalloway" (1925), "To The Lighthouse" (1927), and "Orlando" (19
Dramatist Lorraine Hansberry broke social conventions by depicting black experiences of white prejudice. She also broke Broadway records by being both the youngest person and the first African American to win the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle. Before that moment, black playw
When, in his famous epic poem "Howl," Allen Ginsberg spoke of "the best minds of my generation," he could only have meant the Beats, that band of notorious writers and artists that formed his surrogate family. Ginsberg, the anti-establishment Buddhist homosexual, became themost widely known public pe