Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
was born in Lund, WI. In 1894
she moved to Mansfield, Mo.
where in the 1930s and 1940s
she published her best selling
Little House books chronicling
her pioneer life. These books
later became the basis for a
long-running television series
by the same name.
Tennessee William (1911-1983)
born in Columbus, MS. An acclaimed
southern playwright, he attended
the University of Missouri and
Washington University,. His better
known works include The Glass
Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
And A Street Car Named Desire.
Eugene Field (1850-1895)
was born in St. Louis. Best
known for his children's
verse, Wynken, Blyken
and Nom he had a
successful career as
A St. Joseph, Kansas
city and St. Louis
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
was born in Joplin, MO. One of
the Harlem Renaissance writers,
he depicted the life of African
Americans in the early twentieth
century in his poetry, novels
Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
Is a native St. Louisan
best known for her
Feminist novel, The
Awakening. While her
writings drew criticism
during her lifetime,
since her death she has
received critical acclaim
and been recognized
as avant garde.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) is considered
By some to be among
Influential authors in the early
part of the 20th century. He won
the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature.
His poems, The Waste Land and The
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, are
studied by thousands of students
annually. One of his poems inspired
the Broadway hit Cats.
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The mule is the offspring of a male
Donkey and a female horse. Many
Missouri farmers with clay soil found
mules superior as plow animals.
Their unyielding determination to
plow forward led to the expression
"stubborn as a mule."
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