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HUMANITIES, January/February 2008 | Volume 29, Number 1
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An American bed manufactured in 1827 in the Napoleonic style—including its original bed-hangings, valence, curtains, and cornice elements, is being preserved at the Woodlawn Museum in Maine. Accompanying archive materials contain bills of sale, an unused bolt of silk fringe, original drawings and notes made by the upholsterer, and photographs of the bed from 1880 to 1890.
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Peter Cooper’s Big Ideas
A Company Town
John Muir, Nature's Witness
What happens when a nineteenth-century whaler makes a twenty-first-century voyage?
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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.
By Danny Heitman
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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