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By Amy Lifson
Two souls on fire fought for justice
Washington Irving leaves Gotham to explore the frontier
After winning the Civil War and living in the White House, he decided to see the world.
Archibald Motley painted African Americans having a good time
How Albert Einstein became a celebrity
The letters of Robert Frost invite us to reconsider the man behind the poetry...
His research overlaps with reporting, his leadership with collaboration, his writing with old-fashioned storytelling.
There is something of Walter Isaacson in the people he writes about.
She caused a furor when she coined “the banality of evil” to describe mindless acts of Nazi horror.
The master of the short story infused his work with myth and magic, but not fairytale endings.
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