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Casal, Lourdes (5 Apr. 1938–1 Feb. 1981), poet, literary critic, social psychologist, and political activist, was born Lourdes Emilia Irene de la Caridad Casal y Valdés in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of two professional parents, Pedro Casal, a doctor in medicine and a dentist, and Emilia Valdés, an elementary school teacher. Of mixed heritage, Casal’s family included black, white, and Chinese ancestry....


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Moore, Merrill (11 September 1903–20 September 1957), poet and psychiatrist, was born Austin Merrill Moore in Columbia, Tennessee, the son of John Trotwood Moore, a poet, novelist, and historian, and Mary Brown Daniel, a writer. From 1919 to 1929 his father served as director of libraries, archives, and history for the state of Tennessee, a position later filled by his mother. John Trotwood Moore was a leader in literary circles around the South, and his son credited him with developing his interest in literature....