Welcome to American National Biography Online
The life of a nation is told by the lives of its people
- Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars
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This update includes fourteen new essays that reflect the breadth of American popular culture. Highlights include the actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee; Divine, the star of numerous John Waters films; horror film director Wes Craven; comedians Gene Wilder and Joan Rivers; and Star Wars star Carrie Fisher.
Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has led an annual campaign every April: National Poetry Month. Throughout the month, we come together to celebrate the importance of poetry within our culture in every walk of life. At the ANB, we are proud to host over 500 poets' biographies. From Auden to Whitman, discover a selection of great American poets' lives throughout history.