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Literature and Authors Commemorated on Topical Stamps 

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Herman Melville Issue United States, 1984
Item ID: LA16

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: August 1, 1984
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 2094
Description: This attractively-designed mint stamp honors the 19th century author Herman Melville. Melville was a writer of short stories, poems and novels. Two of his most popular novels are Typee and Moby-Dick.
Price: $0.60
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Edgar Lee Masters Issue United States, 1970
Item ID: LA17

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: August 22, 1970
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 1405
Description: This mint stamp commemorates poet Edgar Lee Masters. Masters is perhaps best known for his Spoon River Anthology, an exposure of small town mores.
Price: $0.40
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Carl Sandburg Issue United States, 1978
Item ID: LA18

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: January 6, 1978
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 1731
Description: This mint stamp pays tribute to Carl Sandburg on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Known as "The Poet of the People," Sandburg won the Pulitzer Prize three times.
Price: $0.48
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John Steinbeck Issue United States, 1979
Item ID: LA19

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: February 27, 1979
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 1773
Description: This mint stamp pays tribute to John Steinbeck, the novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 (The Grapes of Wrath) and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Price: $0.60
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William Faulkner Issue United States, 1987
Item ID: LA2

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Issued by the U.S. Postal Service on August 3, 1987, this mint stamp pays tribute to Nobel Prize-winning novelist and poet William Faulkner (1897-1962). Failkner is known for his writings about life in the South. Scott Cat.# 2350.
Price: $0.65
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Robert Frost Issue United States, 1974
Item ID: LA20

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: March 26, 1974
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 1526
Description: This mint stamp was issued to pay tribute to American poet Robert Frost (1873-1963), a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Price: $0.45
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Legend of Sleepy Hollow issue United States, 1974
Item ID: LA21

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: October 10, 1974
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 1548
Description: This mint stamp commemorates Washington Irving's American folklore story, Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The stamp design illustrates the Headless Horseman pursuing Ichabod Crane.
Price: $0.45
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Dorothy Parker Issue United States, 1992
Item ID: LA22

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: August 22, 1992
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 2698
Description: This mint stamp honors renowned writer, poet and critic Dorothy Parker (1893-1967).
Price: $0.85
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James Thurber Issue United States, 1994
Item ID: LA23

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: September 10, 1994
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 2862
Description: This mint stamp commemorates the author, humorist, playwright and cartoonist James Thurber. Thurber's 31 books provided humorous views of life in America.
Price: $0.85
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Mark Twain Issue United States, 2011
Item ID: LA27

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: June 25, 2011
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 4545
Description: This mint, self-adhesive stamp features Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain. Twain was (and is) an immensely popular American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. The design includes a steamboat on the Mississippi river behind a portrait of Twain.
Price: $1.15
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Ralph Ellison Issue United States, 2014
Item ID: LA31

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Issuing Country: United States
Date of Issue: February 18, 2014
Scott Catalogue Number(s): 4866
Description: This mint, self-adhesive 3 oz domestic rate stamp pays tribute to author Ralph Ellison. Predominantly an essayist, he is perhaps best known from his only novel, "The Invisible Man." In this novel, published in 1952, he explored racial prejudice with a well-educated and well-spoken black man as the main character. The stamp design features a portrait of Ellison with a Harlem street scene in the background.
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Maya Angelou Issue United States, 2015
Item ID: LA39a

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From a bio of Dr. Angelou by the USPS: "Author, poet, actress, and champion of civil rights Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was one of the most dynamic voices in all of 20th-century American literature. Her book I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiographical account of her childhood, gained wide acclaim for its vivid depiction of African-American life in the South." This mint, self-adhesive stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service on April 7, 2015. Scott Cat.# 4979.
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