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Danny Heitman, a columnist for the Baton Rouge Advocate and a frequent essayist for national publications, is the author of A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House.
Washington Irving leaves Gotham to explore the frontier
The letters of Robert Frost invite us to reconsider the man behind the poetry.
Even toward the end of her life, the writer revealed a youthful zest for life and art.
America's greatest personal essayist was more than a little shy and intensely self-conscious.
Aldo Leopold's visionary thinking still guides today's environmental stewards.
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
Henry David Thoreau went in for society, but on his own terms.
The journalist who pioneered serious film criticism showed a cinematic touch in all of his writing.
The misfit journalist felt at home in the marginalized world he wrote about.
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Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
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Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
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In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
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