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Notable Contributors

American Writers

  • Washington Irving
  • William Cullen Bryant
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • James Russell Lowell
  • Walt Whitman
  • Rebecca Harding Davis
  • Horatio Alger
  • Mark Twain
  • William Dean Howells
  • Henry James*
  • Joel Chandler Harris
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Hamlin Garland*
  • Edith Wharton*
  • Edith Hamilton
  • Mary Austin
  • Booth Tarkington*
  • George Sterling
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson*
  • Theodore Dreiser
  • Amy Lowell*
  • Upton Sinclair*
  • Sara Teasdale*
  • Margaret Widdemer*
  • Ezra Pound
  • John Gould Fletcher*
  • Frank Luther Mott*
  • Robert P. T. Coffin*
  • Archibald MacLeish*
  • Mark Van Doren*
  • Malcolm Cowley
  • Thomas Wolfe
  • James Hearst
  • John Steinbeck*
  • William Saroyan*
  • Paul Engle
  • Josephine Johnson*
  • Audrey Wurdemann*
  • David Ignatow
  • Peter Viereck*
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Louis Simpson*
  • Denise Levertov
  • Flannery O’Connor
  • Donald Justice*
  • W. D. Snodgrass*
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Andre Dubus
  • Marvin Bell
  • Raymond Carver
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Stephen Dunn*
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • John Edgar Wideman
  • Stuart Dybek
  • James Tate*
  • Barry Lopez
  • Annie Dillard*

American Writers

  • Scott Russell Sanders
  • Yusef Komunyakaa*
  • Albert Goldbarth
  • T.C. Boyle
  • Alberto Ríos
  • Tony Hoagland
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Dean Young
  • Ha Jin
  • Martín Espada
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • Diana Abu-Jaber
  • Bob Hicok
  • Antonya Nelson
  • Ray González
  • Jennifer Egan*
  • Steve Almond
  • C. Dale Young
  • Aimee Bender

Notable Americans

  • William Ellery Channing
  • Daniel Webster
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Clara Barton
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • John Burroughs
  • Henry Adams*
  • John Muir
  • Henry George
  • William James
  • Joseph Pulitzer
  • Thomas Edison
  • Booker T. Washington
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Henry Ford
  • Gifford Pinchot
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Aldo Leopold
  • Eldridge Cleaver

Poets Laureate

  • William Carlos Williams*
  • Louis Untermeyer
  • Conrad Aiken*
  • Joseph Auslander
  • Robert Penn Warren*
  • Karl Shapiro*
  • William Stafford
  • Mona Van Duyn*
  • James Dickey
  • Philip Levine*
  • Mark Strand*
  • Charles Wright*
  • Ted Kooser
  • Billy Collins
  • Rita Dove*
  • Natasha Trethewey*

U.S. Presidents

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • James A. Garfield
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Grover Cleveland
  • William McKinley
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • William H. Taft
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

International Contributors

  • Victor Hugo
  • George Sand
  • W. E. Gladstone
  • Richard Wagner
  • Anthony Trollope
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Madame Blavatsky
  • Charles Swinburne
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Emile Zola
  • Charles Stewart Parnell
  • Bram Stoker
  • Joseph Conrad
  • William Butler Yeats
  • H.G. Wells
  • John Galsworthy
  • John Cowper Powys
  • Bertrand Russell
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • Winston Churchill
  • G. K. Chesterton
  • Guillaume Apollinaire
  • Siegfried Sassoon
  • Robert Graves
  • Arne Naess

* denotes Pulitzer Prize winner