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‘Writers’ back on C-SPAN

Fitzgerald, Rand and Steinbeck examined in series

C-SPAN is relaunching its historical series “American Writers,” with a focus on modern times.

“American Writers II: The 20th Century” will premiere March 31 with a live broadcast from Harlem and feature the works of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance.

Series will run over 15 weeks and examine the lives of 18 writers who have chronicled and influenced American history, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ayn Rand and John Steinbeck. Each seg will include commentary from noted historians, biographers and journos such as Walter Cronkite and Christopher Hitchens, and at a location significant to that week’s author.

Airing on Sunday afternoons, “American Writers” will be rebroadcast on Friday evenings, when it will be skedded with additional programs about the featured writer’s life and times.

Series bowed last March and focused on the early years of American history from the Mayflower Compact to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. It went on hiatus after the events of Sept. 11.

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