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From The Great Gatsby to Sister Carrie, writers tell stories of social climbers and fortune hunters.
Smith's experiences as a pirate, mercenary, and Turkish slave prepare him to survive in the New World.
The master of West Coast jazz blends his music with his advocacy for human rights.
A Montana conference explores the destiny of the West.
The general's papers reveal the campaign for the plan that rebuilt Europe.
Nashville becomes Literary City, U.S.A. for the tenth annual Southern Festival of Books.
The beginnings of empire.
An exhibition shows the lesser-known side of a young, ambitious George Washington.
A multimedia website describes the overland journeys of California's early explorer, Juan Battista de Anza.
From quarantines to birthday balls -- how America coped with the polio plague.
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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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