From poetry and prose to orature, a term for the rich traditions of oral expression in Native American and other cultures, Connecticut boasts numerous literary talents. The works of some, such as Mark Twain, Harriett Beecher Stowe, and Wallace Stevens, are well-known the world over. Even those who are not household names continue to inspire study and reflection. Among them are the Hartford Wits, poets active in the late 1700s, and Samson Occom, a Mohegan and Presbyterian minister whose 1768 autobiography did not become widely available until 1982. Publishers and printers have also called Connecticut home; in fact, Hartford was a major publishing center in the 19th century.
Clare Boothe Luce became the first woman to represent Connecticut in the US House of Representatives and later became an ambassador to Italy. …[more]
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