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Classics

A selection of old favorites.
Alexander von Humboldt

FeatureHumboldt in the New World

Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."

Lev Tolstoy, 1908

FeatureDone with Tolstoy

Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.

Portrait of Carl Sandburg

FeatureA Workingman's Poet

Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.

Among the Waves by Ivan Aivazovsky

FeatureThe Blue Humanities

In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

FeatureRalph Waldo Emerson

What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?

FeatureDarwin the Young Adventurer

The budding naturalist avoids life as a minister and finds himself aboard the Beagle.

Young Union soldier with bayoneted musket, knife, and revolver.

Feature"Daybreak Gray and Dim"

How the Civil War changed Walt Whitman's poetry.

Moliere dining with Louis XIV

FeatureBurying Molière

How the French Revolution reappropriated the favored playwright of Louis XIV.

Image of segregated bus station in Durham, North Carolina, 1940

FeatureFreedom Riders

Telling 436 stories in one documentary.

Etching of Rousseau

FeatureFriends of Rousseau

Some of the people he has influenced don't even realize it.