and Writing presents profiles of novelists, poets, and playwrights from
any culture and any age. Literature has great power–the power to
transcend and the power to transform. Writers give voice to the spirit
of the age. They teach not only the particulars but the universals of
shock sensibilities, pierce emotional barriers, envision future
possibilities. Through the work of writers we confront our shadow
selves–or take inspiration to become the very best we can become.
Whether a writer’s imaginative realm is based on fantasy or realism, his
or her artistic territory is nothing less than the human heart.
what motivates those who bring us these insights? Since behind every
literary creation is its creator, writers’ lives yield tremendous
insights into the works of art they produce. Each author faces unique
challenges, both artistic and personal, and the story of how writers
face those challenges enriches the student’s understanding of
literature–and of life.