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  • We are delighted to launch the second edition of The Literary Encyclopedia Book Prizes for major scholarly contributions to the understanding of literature. Two prizes of £2000 each will be awarded, one for scholarly contributions to our understanding of literature originally in the English language, the other for scholarly contributions to our understanding of literature originally in another language.
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American post-1945 poetry

A list of postwar American poets whose profiles we have covered in the LE.

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Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please: they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.

Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

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