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10 Influential Authors who came to the US as Immigrants

By Ben Frederick

Christian Science Monitor

March 29, 2013

“Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” – from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, engraved on a plaque on Ellis Island

Though not born on American soil, these 10 authors all became United Statescitizens. Some were pushed here by political forces, some came for job opportunities, but each brought a new thread to the American tapestry. Today, as the US Congress struggles with the issue of immigration reform, seems an opportune moment to remember the contributions that this talented group has made to American literature and culture…

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