In This Issue September/October 2015
Volume 36, Issue 5
A stopper from the canopic chest that held the mummified internal organs of Tutankhamun. The alabaster piece was one of the “treasures” discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings by the English archaeologist Howard Carter that later toured the United States in a blockbuster exhibition.
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Edmund Wilson’s Big Idea: A Series of Books Devoted to Classic American Writing. It Almost Didn’t Happen.
The origins of the Library of America were a messy business.By David Skinner
With The Civil War, Ken Burns Reinvented the Television History Documentary and Captivated Millions of Americans. Here's How He Did It.
Documentaries have never been the same since The Civil WarBy Peter Tonguette
How the state humanities councils expanded and helped fulfill the mission of NEHBy Esther Ferington
A Romantic Notion: One Scholar’s Lifetime of Devotion to the Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The prolific Victorian writers have given him a very exciting and satisfying lifeBy Nicholas A. Basbanes
Endowment's great mission and growing achievements are reviewedBy William D. Adams
The National Council on the Humanities is charged with a lofty mission.
Two hundred fifty years of peace in Japan reveal objects of extraordinary beauty.By Tom Christopher
A new film tells the story of how modern gospel got its start.By Jael Goldfine
Christopher Columbus likely used world mapBy Steve Moyer
Robert Knox Sneden colored the recordBy Steve Moyer