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Montaigne invented the personal essay ...
By Danny Heitman
The surprising history behind the world...
By Jack Zipes
Provocative casting in On the Town.
The playwright gave expression to a century of black voices.
And grew up to see the world in a bizarre and hilarious light.
Family and work for starters, according to a new TV documentary.
New England's most famous preacher and the Great Awakening.
Mencken's memoirs show a softer side on the sardonic critic
Tracing Jewish-American comedy through the Borsht Belt and beyond
The art of Florida's Highwaymen finds a new audience
The story of an entrepreneurial artist and an avid book collector
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
By Kevin Mahnken
A Workingman's Poet
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
By John R. Gillis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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