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Feb 28 2005

Gertrude Chandler Warner

A teacher for 32 years, Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote and re-wrote her first book, The Boxcar Children, testing it out on her students until she had honed it into a story that was both easy to re...

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May 4 2009

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is a professor at Harvard, where she teaches contract, bankruptcy, and commercial law. She is also the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel overseeing the U.S. bank bailout...

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Mar 22 2008

Winifred Watson

Winifred Watson was a writer in the 1930s. Apparently, she wrote a couple of well-received rural dramas of the type satirized in Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm, and then went on to write the ...

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Mar 20 2005

Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson is the creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin and Hobbes, in Watterson's own words, was about "private realities, the magic of imagination, and the specialness of cer...

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Feb 13 2004

Evelyn Waugh

Satirical novelist Evelyn Waugh wrote novels that were wickedly funny, sharply critical, and slightly insane. Like his contemporary Graham Greene (who considered Waugh to be the greatest novelist...

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Dec 31 2009

Lauren Weber

Lauren Weber is a former staff reporter for Newsday and Reuters. Her nonfiction book In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue is one of our Featured Book titles.

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Aug 19 2004

Jean Webster

Short, sweet, and witty, Jean Webster's Daddy-Long-Legs was the 1912 equivalent of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries books. Webster's heroine, 18-year-old orphan Judy Abbott, is stunned to discover t...

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Aug 14 2004

Jennifer Weiner

I thought that Jennifer Weiner’s first book, the bestselling Good in Bed, was pretty good. I was bored by the angsty absentee-father plotline and rolled my eyes at the melodramatic ending, but st...

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Dec 26 2005

H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells was the author of numerous science fiction masterpieces, including The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Time Machine. Although a pacifist, Wells enjoyed war games ...

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Aug 14 2004

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was an extraordinary writer, but I think that most people would agree that reading one of her full-length novels is plenty. While I do have a certain masochistic affection for the P...

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May 16 2007

Joss Whedon

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade, you've at least heard of Joss Whedon, creator of television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and the much-loved, short-lived Firefly. ...

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Oct 7 2004

T. H. White

T. H. White is the author of 1958's The Once and Future King, a "novel" (actually a collection of four of his earlier books) that begins with the education of the young King Arthur and ends with h...

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Nov 3 2001

Leonard Wibberley

While the wildly prolific Irish-American writer and journalist Leonard Wibberley wrote about, oh, a bazillion books and articles, only one of them has survived the ravages of time and become a Wor...

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Mar 11 2007

Eric Wight

American comic book writer and artist Eric Wight is the author of My Dead Girlfriend, one of our Book of the Week picks, and a contributing author to Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Esc...

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Jan 7 2007

Ysabeau S. Wilce

Ysabeau S. Wilce is a Chicago-based YA fantasy author (although she calls herself a “fabulist and scribbler”, which... okay). Her first book, succinctly titled Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal A...

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Dec 21 2004

Oscar Wilde

Son of an Irish ear and eye doctor and a flamboyant nationalistic poet, Oscar Wilde is best known for his deliciously giddy plays "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "An Ideal Husband". His oth...

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Aug 18 2006

Laura Ingalls Wilder

There is some debate as to who wrote what in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Wilder was an intelligent, well-spoken woman who wrote a newspaper column, but her education was erratic. Her daughte...

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Sep 4 2006

Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams is the Ohio-based author of one of our Book of the Week picks, the enjoyably melodramatic friendship saga Girls Most Likely. Ms. Williams apparently spent many years as paralegal ...

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Mar 11 2006

Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (and its sequels) feature two ongoing parallel stories: one about a modern-day scholar, and one about the people that she’s researching. T...

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Feb 13 2005

Bill Willingham

Comic book writer and artist Bill Willingham has achieved Wordcandy-status based on the sheer awesomeness of Fables: Legends in Exile, his current series for Vertigo. In Willingham's Fabletown, a...

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Aug 14 2004

P.G. Wodehouse

American readers may be surprised to learn that P.G. Wodehouse (creator of the British icon Jeeves, the penultimate "gentleman's gentleman") is actually quite the figure of controversy in Great Br...

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Nov 13 2004

Cornell Woolrich

Alfred Hitchcock must have taken one look at the Cornell Woolrich's stories and gotten those little cartoon dollar signs in his eyes. Between 1954 and 1958 he turned Woolrich's nail-biting short ...

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Aug 14 2004

Patricia C. Wrede

While most of Patricia Wrede’s early fantasy books read like sub-par Robin McKinley, her Dealing With Dragons series and her fairytale adaptation Snow White and Rose Red are both very entertaining...

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