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        "Reading is to the mind what 

                      exercise is to the body."             
                                         
Sir Richard Steele in The Tatler                

 

 

                    Autobiographers and Diarists:       

 

     Maya Angelou, James Boswell, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Charles Dana,

     Thomas De Quincy, Frederick Douglas, Benjamin Franklin,  

     Lillian Hellman, Helen Keller, Maxine Hong Kingston,

     T. E. Lawrence, John Henry Newman, Samuel Pepys,

     Richard Rodriquez, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Anzia Yesierska                   

 

 

                  Biographers and History Writers

 

     Walter Jackson Bate, James Boswell, Thomas Carlyle, Winston Churchill,

     Vine Deloria Jr., Leon Edel, Richard Ellmann, John Hope Franklin,

     Antonia Fraser, Edward Gibbon, Gerda Lerner, Thomas Macaulay,

     Samuel Eliot Morison, Francis Parkman, Arnold Rampersad,

     Arthur M. Schlesinger, Ronald Takaki, George Trevelyan,

     Barbara Tuchman


                  
Critics

 

     Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldua, Michael Arlen, Matthew Arnold,

     Kenneth Clark, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arlene Croce,

     Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., William Hazlitt,

     bell hooks, Samuel Johnson, Pauline Kael, Joyce Carol Oates,

     Walter Pater, John Ruskin, George Santayana, George Bernard Shaw,

     Susan Sontag, Cornel West, Oscar Wilde, Edmund Wilson

  
                
Essayists and Fiction Writers

 

      Joseph Addison, James Agee, Margaret Atwood, Francis Bacon,

     James Baldwin, G. K. Chesterton, Joan Didion, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 

     Paul Fussell,  Mavis Gallant, Nadine Gordimer, Edward Hoagland,

     Zora Neale Hurston, Jamaica Kincaid, Charles Lamb, Norman Mailer,

     Nancy Mairs, Mary McCarthy, N. Scott Momaday, Montaigne,

     V. S. Naipaul, Tillie Olsen, George Orwell, Cynthia Ozick,

     Ishmael Reed, Adrienne Rich, Mordecai Richler, Sharman Apt,

     Russell, Scott Russell Sanders, Richard Selzer, Richard Steele,

     Shelby Steele, Henry David Thoreau, John Updike, Alice Walker,

     Eudora Welty, E.B. White, Terry Tempest Williams, Virginia Woolf


                 
Journalists

 

     Roger Angell, Maureen Dowd, Elizabeth Drew, Nora Ephron,

     M.F. K. Fisher, Frances Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner (Genet),

     Ellen Goodman, David Halberstam, Andy Logan, John McPhee,

     H.L. Mencken, Jan Morris, David Remnick, Red Smith,

     Lincoln Steffens, Paul Theroux, Calvin Trillin, Tom Wolfe


                 
Political Writers                    

 

     Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, William F. Buckley,

     Jean de Crevocoeur, W.E.B. DuBois, Margaret Fuller,

     John Kenneth Galbraith, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Thomas Hobbes,

     Thomas Jefferson, George Kennan, Martin Luther King, Jr.,

     Lewis H. Lapham, John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli,

     John Stuart Mill, John Milton, Thomas More, Thomas Paine,

     Olive Schreiner, Jonathan Swift, Alexis de Tocqueville,

     Gore Vidal, George Will, Garry Wills, Mary Wollstonecraft


                 
Science and Nature Writers
    
Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Jacob Bronowski, Rachel Carson,

     Charles Darwin, Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, Loren Eiseley,

     Stephen Jay Gould, Evelyn Fox Keller, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen,

     Margaret Mead, John Muir, David Quammen, Carl Sagan,

     Lewis Thomas, Jonathan Weiner