Writers on America
by George Clack
Publisher: America.gov 2002
Number of pages: 64
Presents 15 essays by a diverse group of contemporary American writers, poets, essayists, and intellectuals, on how being an American has affected their decision to write and what they have written during successful careers. Their meditations illuminate in an interesting way certain American values -- freedom, diversity, democracy, in the context of individual development.
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