Program about a Writer Associated with the Federal Writers’ Project

“Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project” Online Site Support Notebook

Some points for discussion

  • How did the Federal Writers’ Project affect opportunities for African-American writers? For all writers?
  • How did the material they wrote for the Writers’ Project affect the later work of some of these authors? In subject? Sensibility?
  • Did the Writers’ Project help revitalize American writing?

A selection of authors associated with the Federal Writers’ Project

  • Conrad Aiken
  • Nelson Algren
  • Saul Bellow
  • Arna Bontemps
  • Ben Botkin
  • John Cheever
  • August Derleth
  • Loren Eiseley
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Vardis Fisher
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Weldon Kees
  • Stetson Kennedy
  • Meridel LeSueur
  • D’Arcy McNickle
  • Kenneth Rexroth
  • Sam Ross
  • May Swenson
  • Studs Terkel
  • Jim Thompson
  • Margaret Walker
  • Eudora Welty
  • Dorothy West
  • Jessamyn West
  • Richard Wright
  • Frank Yerby
  • Anzia Yezierska

Discussion guides

Other online discussion guides for books by FWP authors:

Books about FWP authors

  • Atlas, James. Bellow: A Biography. Random House, 2000.
  • Boyd, Valerie. Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. Scribner, 2003.
  • Donaldson, Scott. John Cheever: A Biography. Random House, 1987.
  • Drew, Bettina. Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side. Putnam, 1989.
  • Henriksen, Louise L. Anzia Yezierska: A Writer’s Life. Rutgers University Press, 1988.
  • Jackson, Lawrence. Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius. Wiley, 2002.
  • O’Gara, Geoffrey. A Long Road Home: In the Footsteps of the WPA Writers. Houghton Mifflin, 1989.
  • Walker, Margaret. Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius. Warner Books, 1988.
  • Walker, Margaret, with Maryemma Graham. Conversations with Margaret Walker. University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
  • Yezierska, Anzia. Red Ribbon on a White Horse: My Story. Henriksen, 1987.

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