3.U.S. Author (alphabetical):

VOICES AND VISIONS (two versions: with and without Chinese Subtitles)
The Lannan Literary Videos series on Authors
American Masters

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Parker Anderson


Edward Albee: An American Playwright


Edward Albee in interviewed by Barbara Kuoce on the topic about condition and the theatre of the 20th Centry of the U.S. American modern drama. Edward Albee comments on portraying human.

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Voices&Visions-Elizabeth Bishop



A genius of complex forms, Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was preoccupied with perception and the boundaries of consciousness. Her poems were often fanciful and always accessible. Exotic documentary footage heightens the magical realism of this seasoned traveler's work. In her poetry the integrity of all life is felt. Commentators include Mary McCarthy and Octavio Paz. Poems include The Moose, Pink Dog, and One Art.

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James Fenimore Cooper

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Cooper is imitated by an actor who presents the writer's life story to write American literature which is different from the Europeans by narration. The program is focused on Cooper's idea and belief.
Voices and Visions - Hart Crane (4-1)


Preoccupied with advancing technology and its human impact, Hart Crane (1899-1932) sought to create a mystical synthesis. He created a new lyrical language and produced a literature of ecstasy that was dense, difficult and dazzling. He needed to bring on a frenzy of illumination in order to produce his work. His debauchery led to deterioration and to suicide at the age of 33. Commentary by Derek Walcott, Malcolm Cowley and Richard Howard.
Stephen Crane


An actor presents Crane's life story by narration. His idea of novel and poetry writing are the main issue as well in school and vocation of being a writer are mentioned in program.

Willa Cather: Paul's Case  

(The American Short Story Collection)


Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and subsequently running off to glamorous New York City.

Once there, Paul experiences everything he ever dreamed of…from a luxurious hotel suite to his first taste of champagne. However, when reality finally comes crashing down around him, Paul realizes the desperate course he must now take.

In a powerful and intense performance, Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee "Runaway Train", "Star 80") plays the title role in author Willa Cather's PAUL'S CASE. As the tortured and tragic young man, Roberts brings to life this classic American story of a sensitive soul pitted against an uncaring materialistic society.

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Voices&Visions-Emily Dickinson (4-1)


Few poets have looked deeper into the center of being than Emily Dickinson(1830-1986). Expressing both doubt and joy, her compressed and urgent poems swing from lucidity and wit to despair and death-obsession. This film illuminates the passionate genius of this unconventional recluse, recreating her environment, with commentary by Adrienne Rich, Joyce Carol Oates and others.
Emily Dickinson-"A Certain Slant of Light"

(1977 from the About the Authors series)
(Color, 30 mins; directed by Jean Mudge)

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She embarked upon a great journey, yet she seldom left her home. Her words were filled with passion and descriptions of places and emotions which she could not have experienced, yet, she must have. For Emily Dickinson traveled upon  a world of words, of dreams, of ideas and from within her room came forth the wonderfully poetic vision which has captivated generation after generation. Academy Award Nominated actress Julie Harris takes us inside Emily's world, her family home in Amherst, Mt. Holyoke Seminary where she studied, and the world outside her windows. Through her writings and a look into her private world, emerges a portrait of the woman Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature praised as "Certainly America's greatest woman author and possibly its greatest poet of either gender."
An Evening With Emily Dickinson

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Enter the world of one of literature's greatest poets. Contains EMILY DICKINSON: A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT and  THE WORLD OF EMILY DICKINSON.
The Belle of Amherst (Charles S. Dubin)

(VHS, Color, 90mins., 1976, English no subtitles, Kino on Video)

The brilliant Julie Harris repeats her Tony Award winning role as the eccentric nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson. Against a handsome set depicting Dickinson’s Amherst, Massachusetts home, Harris is in constant motion recollecting the poet’s past from her work, her diaries and letters and encountering the significant people in her life – friends, relatives and acquaintances. The play, and this video version of it, shrewdly balance the agony of the secluded poet as she tells about the family and the bright moments when Dickinson can see the joy in life.  Julie Harris’ Emily Dickinson is “so perfect here that the film assumes an authenticity and poignancy unmatched in similar films and the poetry emerges as fresh and contemporary” (LIBRARY JOURNAL).
Bob Dylan- No Direction Home


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Portrait of an artist as a young man. Roughly chronological, using archival footage intercut with recent interviews, a story takes shape of Bob Dylan's (b. 1941) coming of age from 1961 to 1966 as a singer, songwriter, performer, and star. He takes from others: singing styles, chord changes, and rare records. He keeps moving: on stage, around New York City and on tour, from Suze Rotolo to Joan Baez and on, from songs of topical witness to songs of raucous independence, from folk to rock. He drops the past. He refuses, usually with humor and charm, to be simplified, classified, categorized, or finalized: always becoming, we see a shapeshifter on a journey with no direction home. -- IMDb

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Voices&Visions-T.S.Eliot (5-1)


T.S.Eliot, the aristocratic poet-philosopher (1885-1965) lived most of his life in London. A dramatist and publisher, his poems voiced the anxiety and despair of an uncertain generation confronting a world bereft of faith. Eliot himself reads the works that have become classics in our time. With commentary by Stephen Spender, Quentin Bell, Frank Kermode and others, this film reveals the man who became a literary icon.

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William Faulkner


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William Faulkner created an immense gallery of vivid and unforgettable characters in his portrayal of the southern social aftermath of the Civil War. In most of his novels, he created a complex social structure from which he explored the southern past, race relations, and the alienation felt by his contemporaries in that volatile society.

"Famous Authors" examines the men and women behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "William Faulkner," viewers learn how the Mississippi author carried the representative styles of his literary forebears to another level of complexity. He experimented with discursive narrative structures and explored shifts in points of view. All the while, he revealed the ugly side of the post-Civil War American South. His prose chronicling grotesqueries imparted insights into human frailties and, surprisingly to some, elicited laughter from readers.

A intriguing glimpse into the life of the American author of such works as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom!" Includes rare documents, photographs, and film footage.

F.Scott Fitzgerald:  The Great American Dreamer

(color, 50 min, A&E Television Networks, 1997)

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(ISBN 0-7670-0257-1)

He is flamboyant lifestyle epitomized the madcap excess of the Roaring Twenties.  His classic stories made him one of the most important American authors of the twentieth century. In books like Tender is the Night and The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the mood and manners of his time.  It was a subject he knew well, as Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived a notoriously hedonistic life marked by lavish celebrations and all-night revelry.  Through interviews with family members and confidantes, this program presents an intimate portrait of a literary giant whose life was touched by tragedy.  Authors such as Tobias Wolff and Joseph Heller reflect on Fitzgerald's legacy and lasting influence.
F. Scott Fitzgerald & The Last of The Belles (George Schaefer)

(VCI Home Video: 1974.)

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Interesting, uneven attempt to dramatize a portion of Fitzgerald's life and his short story, "The Last of the Belles." The action is intercut between two separate
dramas, with the short story, about a small-town flirt who keeps a steady flow of WWI Army officers buzzing around her, coming off best. (from Mr. Showbiz).
F.Scott Fitzgerald: winter dreams (Dewitt sage)

(color, 90 min, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2001)

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(ISBN: 0-7942-0166-0)

He is one of the most writers of the 20th century, and his classic novel The great Gatsby currently sells 350,000 copies per year. Yet in 1940, the last year of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald earned just $13.13 in royalties, and only eleven people came to his funeral. From St. Paul, Minnesota to the trip of Long Island to Paris-this riveting documentary about the man who wrote This Side of Paradise, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon takes viewers on a uniquely American journey. In his writing about the "beautiful people" of the early 20th century-flappers, tycoons, young cosmopolitans in love-Fitzgerald explored the "wasteland" that lay behind the glitter of the Jazz Age, describing in detail the tawdry values of the "lost generation" between the World Wars. American Masters presents an unparalleled portrait of the literary icon, providing an in-depth look at the writer's life and work, his tortured marital relationship and his troubled friendships with fellow colleagues such as Ernest Hemingway.
Robert Frost: New England in Autumn (Marshall Jamison)

(color, 29 min, MCMXCIII Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc., 2006)

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A selection of Frost's poems chosen to suit a perfect New England autumn day. Performed by The First Poetry Quartet and filmed in the beautiful farm country of Massachusetts.
"The Pasture" "October"(excerpt) "Going for Water" "Birches" "Locked Out" "The Exposed Nest" "A Nature Note" "The Last Word of a Bluebird" "The Cow in Apple Time" "Mending Wall" "A Time to Talk" "After Apple-Picking" "In Hardwood Groves" "The Wood-Pile" "Tree at My Window" "Acceptance" "The Road Not Taken"
Voices&Visions-Robert Frost (5-4)


One of the most popular poets in America, Robert Frost (1874-1963), was not merely the nature poet that he appeared to be; his vision was of a harsh universe indifferent to man and his anxieties. This revealing film interweaves interviews with the poet, dramatizations of some of his work, and commentary by Seamus Heaney, Alfred Edwards and Richard Wilbur.

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William Gibson - No Maps for These Territories


Consider yourself lucky if you've ever had a traveling companion as fascinating as William Gibson is in No Maps for These Territories. British documentarian Mark Neale found a perfect conceptual approach to this wide-ranging visit with the founding father of "cyberpunk" science fiction: On a rainy day in 1999, and for several sessions afterwards, Neale drove Gibson around various North American locations in a limousine equipped with sound and video gear, pointing his mini-cams at nothing but Gibson and the passing world outside. Then Neale went a step further, incorporating a superb soundtrack by Tomandandy with readings of Gibson's trend-setting fiction (by U2's Bono, writer Jack Womack, and others), and combining this with digital composites of changing imagery through the limo's windows.

The result is a fitting context to reflect upon the technology, ideas, and concepts that dominate Gibson's fiction. Fellow cyberpunk pioneer Bruce Sterling is also interviewed, and Gibson's reflections on Neuromancer are essential, but Gibson also describes his need to distance himself from that breakthrough novel, and his other topics--post-humanity, the "mediated" world, drugs, the birth of cyberpunk, technology and pornography, his method of writing, and much, much more--combine to provide a definitive portrait of Gibson on the cusp of a new millennium, as the real world evolves to resemble the world of his fiction. Deleted scenes, additional readings, and behind-the-scenes featurettes add extra dimension to this thoughtful and stimulating DVD.  -- Amazon

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Ernest Hemingway: wrestling with life

(color, 100 min; A&E Television Networks, 2005)

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(ISBN: 0-7670-8058-0)

In this feature-length portrait narrated by the author's granddaughter, actress Mariel Hemingway, BIOGRAPHY examines the remarkable life story of this legendary Nobel laureate. It is a fascinating trip through his world-from the hospital in Milan where he first found love to the resort community in the Midwest where he took his own life. Rare footage of Hemingway at rest, excerpts from his letters and unpublished works, and the recollections of those who knew him best shed light on his extraordinary journey.
David H. Huang: Statelite Interview

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Henry James/ Stephen Crane/ Herman Melville/ Emily Dickinson   



The four American writers' life stories are preformed by different idea of writing are mentioned but works are not recited people's presentation and collected as independent program.
Voices&Visions-Langston Hughes (5-3)


One of the most influential and prolific black American writers of the century, langston Hughes (1902-1967) was fueled by love for his race and culture. The blues, jazz and spirituals echo in his rhythmic lines. Hughes became involved in the black artistic and political movements of his time. The film includes Hughes reading from his works and scenes of his travels. Commentary by James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Leopold Sedar Senghor, among others.
Hughes' Dream Harlem

(VHS only, 61 minutes, 2002
Producer: Darralynn Hutson, Producer/Director: Jamal Joseph)

Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance and is often referred to as Harlem's poet laureate. This film shows how Hughes successfully fused jazz, blues and common speech to celebrate the beauty of Black life. Hughes' Dream Harlem presents a vision of the esteemed poet in present-day Harlem and makes an important case for Hughes' impact on hip-hop and the spoken-word community.

This multi-layered documentary consists of , roundtable discussions and a tour of Hughes' Harlem hang-outs. The distinguished actor/activist Ossie Davis offers the narration in his soulful baritone, while his wife and collaborator, the renowned Ruby Dee, reflects on Hughes' life with such notable personalities as poet Sonia Sanchez and music industry icon Damon Dash. The artists testify to his continuing impact on their work and his steadfast racial pride and artistic independence. Hughes' Dream Harlem will inspire students to discover Hughes' work while encouraging them to pursue their own writing.

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American Gothic: Hawthorne and Melville


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Combines biographical and thematic data concerning the lives and writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Readings from and commentary about their major works show their special use of the Gothic genre, not simply to thrill but to express the viewpoint that a balanced view of human nature must include a sense of evil.

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John Irving


Through the discussion with readers, Irving expresses his belief in and stresses human spirit is the main issue for writer to concern creativity of literature. He comments the reasons of writer's success.

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D. H. Lawrence as Sons and Lover

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Lawrence's letters, essays, and autobiographical sketches provide our century, with the artifacts and scenes of his life the soundtrack of this biography of a man.
Li-Young Lee

(1995 Lannan Foundation)

(66 mins; directed by Dan Griggs)

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Li-Young Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents. In his two collections, Rose and The City in Which I Love You, Li-Young Lee crafts with haunting grace poetry that weaves cultural politics with personal desire and loss. He has said, "I am the stories that I tell." Mr. Lee, who received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, read from his two books of poetry and from his memoir, The Winged Seed, on April 18, 1995, in Los Angels.
Robert Lowell


Voices&Visions-Robert Lowell (5-2)


Grappling with such concerns as cultural decline, racial injustice and nuclear war, Robert Lowell (1917-1977) was rooted in the past but fully engaged with the present. The film examines Lowell's use of autobiography and historical events and spiritual anguish. The poet is interviewed and reads from his work. Commentators include Robert Giroux, Robert Hass, and Elizabeth Hardwick.

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Marianne Moore, Emily Dickenson, T.S. Eliot 


The poet's lives and the features of their age are introduced separately as three. Some of their poems are recited. The program provides comments from others poets, critics and scholars.
Toni Morrison in conversation with A S Byatt

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Defining oneself as a writer - the visual as starting point of the novel - Black American literature - comparing spoken with written language - the political in writing -characterisation & style Toni Morrison, whose grandmother was born a slave, was born in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, a steel town on lake Erie.

Her family were sharecroppers who lost their land and , at the turn of the century, were forced to the mines and mills of the industrialised north. In 1949, Morrison went to Howard University, took a graduate course at Cornell and then returned to Howard to teach. It was at this time that she began The Bluest Eye. Other novels include Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby and Beloved.

From a televised interview from England. Byatt interviews Morrison, mostly about Beloved. Followed by questions from the audience (about 40 minutes total). I loved this interview and thought it very useful. But because there are no subtitles, the students weren't as enthusiastic. But it was worth it. I showed it twice in one class when we were studying Morrison (Dr. Marguerite Connor).

Voices&Visions-Marianne Moore (4-2)




An American original, Marianne Moore (1887-1972), whose work was witty, subversive and precise, showed remarkable clarity of observation. This film traces her life, times and friendship. It shows her unusual poetic sources and methods, and how her idiosyncratic work was pervaded by both natural science and vivid imagination. Commentators include poets Grace Schulman and Charles Tomlinson, and Kenneth Burkes.
Norman Mailer ( Profile of a Writer-- Volume 3)

(Home Vision, Color, 57 mins)

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This self-portrait includes interviews with Mailer's attractive, articulate family and clips from his films, but, chiefly, it allows this gifted writer the chance to talk,,, about his generation, drugs and power, and his favorite sport, boxing, to name but a few of the topics on which he entertainingly expounds. Mailer also discusses his view of immortality in the light of his book about the murderer Gary Gilmore, The Executioner's Song.

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Katherine Anne Porte


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Voices&Visions-Sylvia Plath (4-4)


Filled with rage, grief and anger, the poems of Sylvia Plath (9132-1963), created a major mode in American poetry. As a young mother, aged 30, she took her own life. Plath is heard in a long interview and reading numerous poems conveying the emotional power of her words. Critics and her mother discuss the young woman who became the contemporary icon of the divide self. Archival footage chronicles Plath's meteoric career.

Edgar Allen Poe: Architect of Dreams.     

(Monterey Home Video, Seen on PBS, Color, Approx. 30 mins)

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Sometimes, within the depths of the mind and soul, lies the writer. Perhaps he writes of a life of unfulfilled love, perhaps of a life often ensconced in poverty with the demon alcohol. Perhaps he writes of pure beauty or macabre horror. Or perhaps he is Edgar Allan Poe and he brilliantly writers, of all this and so much more. Poet, short-story writer, critic. Poe was all of these. Successful master of both the story form and the language of poetry, his diversity and success in the written word belying a fascinating, yet often unhapy life search. His stories continue to thrill with his penchant for the grotesque, the mysterious, often a journey into the depths and horror of a dark inner self. And his poetry caresses the English language as in his own words, "the chief aim of poetry is beauty." What lay within this man whose same pen would put forth the beautiful loving "Annabel Lee," the pessimistic and powerful "The Conqueror Worm," the mysterious "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and the tortured soul of "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

Voices and Visions-Ezra Pound (4-3)


Indispensible driving force in the creation of the Modernist movement, Ezra Pound (1885-1972), whose classical poetic voice harks back to ancient sources, was vehemently anti-war and disgusted with "botched civilization." His social and political fervor led to charges of treason and confinement in a mental hospital. The controversy is explored by scholars Hugh Kenner and Alfred Kazin. The poet himself reads from his prodigious work.

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(Color, each 60 mins, The Moyers Collection, 1994)

 "Suppose you only knew 15 words. You could still make great poetry out of that,  if you really felt those words." So said poet Robert Bly, at a recent poetry festival  featured in the first episode of this extraordinary series.

In interviews with Bill Moyers, 15 of today's most prominent poets from many backgrounds speak of the amazing power that our language gives us. Native American,  Chinese, Alaskan and Japanese-American poets tell how they turn to their cultural  heritages to understand the present. Poets James Autry and Quincy Troupe work with the oral tradition to lift poetry off the page and bring it into the community. Stanley Kunitz, one of America's leading poets, discusses his work and stresses the importance of reading poetry aloud. The Power of the Word is an unforgettable expression of the beauty of our living language.
Six Part Series:

1. The Simple Acts of Life
(Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, and William Staffor).

2. The Living Language
(James Autry and Quincy Troupe)

3. Voices of Memory
(Gerald Stern, Li-Young Lee)

4. Ancestral Voices
(Garrett Hongo, Joy Harjo and Mzry TalllMountain)

5. Dancing on the Edge of the Road 
(Stanlley Kunitz)

6. Where the Soul Lives
(Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, W.S. Merwin)


 The Power of the Word: Voices of Memory

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This program features poets Li-Young Lee and Gerald Stern in a poetry reading and in extensive interviews. A main subject of Stern's poetry is memory. His Jewish heritage provides him with the inspiration and direction to resurrect and reconstruct past experiences. Li Young Lee's poetry reflects his struggles with his Chinese heritage: how to recognize a culture to which he has been inextricably bound by ancestry, but in which he has never lived.
 The Power of the Word: Dancing on the Edge of the Road

(Category: Poetry)

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This program profiles Stanley Kunitz, one of America's leading poets. Kunitz reads his poetry and discusses his work in extensive interviews. " You don't choose the subject (of your poetry)," says Kunitz, "it chooses you." He asserts that poets must aim simply to "be as true as we can to the grain of life." Kunitz also stresses the importance of reading poetry aloud: "It is important to test your poems against the ear," he says. "The page is a cold bed."
 The Power of the Word: Ancestral Voices

(Color, 60 mins, The Moyers Collection, 1994)

(Category: Poetry)

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This program features poets who turn to the past and to their own cultural heritage to understand the present. They eloquently reflect their own personal journeys through poetry. Barrett Kaoru Hongo's work reflects his Japanese-American heritage. Hongo began to write poetry because he wanted "more than anything to belong to the history of Asians in America." Joy Harjo's poetry is influenced by her Native American heritage. Her poetry emphasizes the oral tradition and sacred imagery of her Native American ancestors. Mary TallMountain's work draws on her Native American and Anglo background. Her poetry recalls her childhood memories of life in an Alaskan village and the life she left behind when she was adopted by an Anglo family.
 The Power of the Word: The Simple Acts of Life

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This program was filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, where poets gather every two years to read and discuss their work with large audiences of students and fellow poets. In this program, poets Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, and William Stafford read and discuss their work. As Robert Bly observes: "Suppose you only knew 15 words. You could still make great poetry out of that, if you really felt those words."
 The Power of the Word: The Living Language

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This program features poets James Autry and Quincy Troupe, both of whom work with the oral tradition to lift poetry off the page and bring it into the community. James Autry, a businessman and publisher, writes poetry about the business world and the Southern culture of his youth. His work includes such poems as "Thoughts on Firing a Salesman." In this program, Autry reads his poetry at a business meeting and a church. Quincy Troupe, a professor of American and Third World literature, is equally exciting reading his poetry in a classroom, prison, or bar. The positive response of a group of prisoners to Troupe's poetry classes shows how poetry can speak to and for people in all conditions of life.
 The Power of the Word: Where the Soul Lives

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This program features the poets Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, and W.S. Merwin, reading their works and discussing them. Robert Bly often uses music to emphasize the spiritual nature of poetry. He believes that the aim of poetry is to "drop us into the moist, nurturing under-world where the soul lives. " Lucille Clifton's work often focuses on experiences specific to women, and is also influenced by her black heritage. W. S. Merwin examines human relationships, including our relationship with nature.

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Susan Sontag 


Through dialogues and questions from students encourages young people to carry on literary activities. Susan Sontag shares her opinion on how to become a writer.
Gertrude Stein: When This You See, Remember Me

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A documentary on the renown American writer, personality and art collector, "Gertrude Stein" combines photographs, interviews, black-and-white film footage and paintings from Stein's collection with a soundtrack of her words and the music from the opera (written by Stein and Virgil Thomson) "Four Saints in Three Acts". In tracing Stein's progress from her girlhood in Oackland, California to her three decade-long reign as the linchpin of Parisian intellectual life, the film features Picasso, Eliot, Cocteau and Hemingway among the dozens of writers and artists who frequented the salon of Stein and her companion Alice B.Toklas.
Voices&Visions-Wallace Stevens (5-5) 


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) pursued very separate dual lives as an insurance executive and a poet. This melancholy existentialist found meaning and solace in the landscapes he visited; in the weather he saw the conditions of the soul. Secretive and unhappily married, he transformed reality through his imagination, producing both comic and meditative poems. Commentators include Harold Bloom, Joan Richardson and James Merrill.

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Mark Twains America (Joanne Marino)

(黑白,60 min; Shanachie Entertainment , 1960)

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Known commonly as the creator of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's rich and varied life is eloquently revealed in MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA . The story spans Twain's career as prolific writer, Mississippi riverboat pilot , drama critic publisher, and world traveler, while at the same time mirroring the rise of America from frontier days t world power. The project Twenty camera scans over 1,000 period photos, imparting a sense of action and vitality as it illustrates Twain's life from his from his boyhood until his death. Twain travels down the Mississippi to New Orleans, across the prairies to the Mormon kingdom of Salt Lake City, to San Francisco and HAWAII, and finally the Egyptian Pyramids. There are exceptionally rich photos of the Gilded Age which evoke the corruption and bountiful living from which Twain was so alienated. With the arrival of the Twentieth Century and the commercialism he so despised, the author is pictured in his seventieth year, writing in bed before his death in 1910.The combination of compelling period images with the robust narration of playwright Howard Lindsay (Life With Father) and the masterful orchestral score by Robert Russell Bennett create a powerful portrait of the America Twain knew and influenced.
Mark Twain in Washington D.C.

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Mark Twain is regarded as having been revived by the imitation of Twain's insight wit and humour over the world a scholar in the 20th century. He serves an ambassador.

Tennessee Williams Film Collection

Tennessee Williams Film Collection (A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Two-Disc Special Edition / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 Deluxe Edition / Sweet Bird of Youth / The Night of the Iguana / Baby Doll / The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone)

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Product: [Streetcar Named Desire 2 Disc SE Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Deluxe Edition Sweet Bird of Youth Night of the Iguana Baby Doll Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone]

A much-needed DVD tribute to one of the essential American playwrights, The Tennessee Williams Collection gathers six Williams titles and one vintage documentary. Taken together, it's a potent introduction to the specific terrain (geographical and emotional) of this brilliant writer. The set is anchored by Warner's deluxe two-disc treatment of A Streetcar Named Desire, which has copious extras (among them a fine 90-minute documentary about director Elia Kazan). The multi-Oscar-winning Streetcar is one of the better stage adaptations in film history, and it captures the electrifying Marlon Brando, re-creating his stage role, in the part that changed American acting: the brutish New Orleans sensualist Stanley Kowalski. Vivien Leigh won an Oscar opposite him, as the faded (except in her own mind) Southern belle Blanche DuBois, whose arrival in the Kowalski home leads to disaster. -- From Amazon

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What Makes Rabbit Run? A Profile of John Updikes 



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Kurt Vonnegut


The program proceeds in the way of dialogue through students and the Vonnegut to give opinion about the vocation and how to be a writer writers. James Dickey and William Price Fox's writing class.

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Voices and Visions-Walt Whitman (4-2) 


The first major poet to create a truly American vision and style, Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a key inspiration to the Beat generation, the idealists o fthe sixties and innumerable poets. Revealing commentaries by Allan Ginsberg, Galway Kinnell, and Donald Hall disclose the man: democratic, homosexual, lover of the human voice, purveyor of liberation and believer in progress. This film recreates the sights and sound Whitman fused into poetry
Voices and Visions-William C. Williams(4-4) 


"You can make a poem out of anything that is felt," said William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), who made more difference to American poetry than anyone other than Walt Whitman. His penetrating work had a clean new style that focused on concrete particulars and reflected the same compassion he brought to his profession as a small-town pediatrician. Commentators include Allen Ginsberg, Marjorie Perloff and Hugh Kenner.
Beautiful Dreamers: Walt Whitman (John Kent Harrison)

(CFP Video: 1990)

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Rip Torn does an excellent job bringing Walt Whitman to life in this fact-based story of his meeting with Dr. Bucke who ran a mental institution in London, Canada. Whitman the poet breaks the Victorian boundaries and causes Dr. Bucke to deal with the patients in an unconventional way.

The real-life Dr. Bucke was profoundly influenced by his encounter with Whitman. Dr. Bucke later wrote a book called COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS in which he discussed the great mystics throughout history -- and he thought Whitman was one of the greatest. This film shows us why he was so impressed with the poet.  -- IMDb

Tom Wolfe


Through the discussion with students, Tom Wolfe comments on the relationship between literature and mass media. He claims that the skill and attitude of a writer is as important as the process of writing.

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