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Sarah Smith Nessel
William Rufus Jackson
Fred L Lee
"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
July 16, 2011
Author of the mystery-fantasy series called "The Dresden Files," Jim Butcher began publishing the popular series in 2000. "Twice he has reached the Top 5 on the New York Times best-seller list." His newest...
'X-Raying The Heartache'
July 4, 2010
Profile of author Christie Hodgen whose second novel, Elegies for the Broken-Hearted, has just been published. The 36-year old assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is...
100 Years of William S. Burroughs
January 26, 2014
Article focuses upon the life of beat author William S. Burroughs' time of residence in Lawrence, Kansas. Various figures from the arts, literature, and academic communities of Lawrence provide stories...
450 Attend Service for Henry Haskell
Funeral notice for Henry Haskell, editor of the Kansas City Star starting in 1928 and author of books about Rome, with a brief review of his career.
A Big Bust
Authors reaction to the statue honoring jazz musician Charlie Parker, located in the 18th and Vine historical district.
A Century of Missouri Literature
Book about the history of Missouri authors important in the state's literature, starting in 1820 and including a scathing critique of the writings of Mark Twain.
A Century of Missouri Music
Biographical information about Mrs. Mabel Wagnalls-Jones, or Mabel Jones, a native Kansas Citian and writer of musical novels and magazine articles and "editor for musical terms of Funk & Wagnalls' 'New...
A Century of Music
Biographical descriptions of Henry Finck, a musical critic and author, studying music at Harvard and in Europe and becoming musical editor for the New York Evening Post from 1881 to 1924, lecturing internationally...
A Family Gift Turns into a NE History Lesson
July 9, 2014
Article announces a book by former Kansas City resident Roy McCaully describing his experiences growing up in the Northeast community in the 1950s an 1960s. The book is titled "The Good, the Bad, and the...
A Famous Theosophist: Countess Wachtmeister Pays a Visit to Kansas City
Portrait and biographical article about Constance Georgine Louise de Bourbel de Montjucon, or "Countess Wachtmeister, of Sweden, the famous Theosophist" "widely known as one of the disciples and the intimate...
A Fine Mystery, but. ..
File containing a photo (of the author) and book review of "The Mystery of the Third Twin" by Wilma Yeo, a novelist and former "creative writing instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and...
A History of Kansas City: 1820-1869--"Connoisseur of Prophets"
Excerpt containing the first three chapters of the uncompleted book by University of Chicago history professor R. Richard Wohl, covering the history of Kansas City to 1853. Portion of the book completed...
A Literary Map of Missouri
Map showing Missouri authors and books on a map of Missouri. Also includes additional authors on a list.
A Majestic Standoff
Article detailing a conflict between ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the Majestic Steakhouse of Kansas City. ASCAP has taken the Majestic to Federal court over what...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo.
Biographical sketch of Henry Wollman, a corporate lawyer and legal author (contributing articles to the North American Review magazine) of Kansas City. Born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1858 and coming to...
A Missouri River Journey Source of Inspiration: Author Seeks Waters of Renewal in Remote Canyon
Photos, maps, and article about the exploration for the headwaters of the Missouri River (in southwestern Montana near Yellowstone Park) by "Kansas City-born author William Least Heat-Moon," or William...
A New Journey with Shifra Stein
Article profiles the writing and artwork of Shifra Stein, one of Kansas City's best known travel writers.
A Piece of the Local Literary Scene
Discusses level of local support for and professional mileu of local writers. Includes interviews with authors Robin Wayne Bailey, Nancy Pickard, Lenore Carroll, Robert Stewart, Lynn Michaels, Jill Churchill,...
A Poet and A Friend to Writers
February 20, 2011
Co-founder of the Writers Place and its monthly reading series, Phil Miller died February 14, 2011. Miller taught creative writing and American Literature for nearly 30 years at Kansas City Kansas Community...
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