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  1. Wired for Books: Ken Silverman (About Edgar Allan Poe) (1992)

    Subject
    Literature

    Ken Silverman, author of Edgar A Poe : Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance, Houdini!!!, Lightning Man : The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, and many more, discusses the life of Edgar Allan Poe with...

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  2. Wired for Books: Peter Ackroyd (About Charles Dickens) (1991)

    Subject
    English language and literature

    Peter Ackroyd, author of Dickens: Public Life & Private Passion, and Dickens’ London, speaks with Don Swaim in this 1991 interview about the life of Charles Dickens. According to Peter Ackroyd, Charles...

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  3. Wired for Books: Norman Sherry (About Graham Greene) (1989)

    Subject
    English language and literature

    Norman Sherry, author of The Life of Graham Greene series, speaks with Don Swaim in this 1989 interview about the life of Graham Greene. Norman Sherry shares insights into Greene’s life, who he was, and...

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  4. Wired for Books: Jane Smiley (1989)

    Subject
    Literature

    Jane Smiley, author of Horse Heaven, Moo, and A Thousand Acres, talks to Don Swaim in 1989 about writing a book for ten years, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaching writing, and her novel, The Greenlanders.

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  5. Wired for Books: Doris Lessing (1988)

    Subject
    English language and literature

    Two interviews, one from 1988 and one from 1992, in which Doris Lessing, author of The Fifth Child, The Golden Notebook, and several other pieces of literature, comes to talk with Don Swaim about her start...

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  6. Wired for Books: Maya Angelou (1987)

    Subject
    Literature

    Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and The Heart of a Woman, tells how poetry cured her muteness, how she writes in the autobiographical and...

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  7. Wired for Books: Toni Morrison (1987)

    Subject
    Literature

    Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, The Song of Solomon, Jazz, and Paradise, Toni Morrison talks about her early career, why every writer needs an editor, why she...

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  8. Wired for Books: Margaret Atwood (1986)

    Subject
    Literature

    Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Cats’ Eye, talks to Don Swaim in 1986 about growing up in the Canadian forests, her novels, her thoughts about religion and human rights, and why she...

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  9. Wired for Books: Jack Hemingway (About Ernest Hemingway) (1986)

    Subject
    Literature

    Joseph Heller saw the title of his classic novel, Catch-22, become an accepted phrase of the English language. Join Don Swaim in this 1984 conversation with Joseph Heller as they talk about writing, growing...

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  10. Wired for Books: John Fowles (1985)

    Subject
    English language and literature

    In this 1985 interview with Don Swaim, John Fowles starts the interview by talking about the common need for writers to work a second job. It is his opinion that too many writers choose a poor second job....

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