Adolf Cluss lived through revolutionary times, first in his native Heilbronn in southwest Germany, where as a young man he got swept up in the popular uprisings of 1848, and then in Washington, D.C.,
By Steve Moyer
A little rusty on the Dante you read as an undergraduate? Like to brush up a bit on some points in the Inferno, like that “mal” something?
Renaissance diarist Marin Sanudo’s political ambitions nearly truncated his accomplishment as a daily recorder of events in what was arguably the world’s most powerful and dynamic city of the day, Ven
An attempt at summing up NEH-funded Daniel Justin Herman’s intriguing Hell on the Range (Yale University Press, 2010) could wind up sounding like an allegory: Into Pleasant Valley there once
The Adler Planetarium’s history of science collection is one of the world’s most important, and includes the astrolabe pictured here.
Josef Albers (pictured) was one of the innovative teachers at short-lived Black Mountain College in Asheville, NC.
The Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center in Portland has preserved hundreds of stained-glass windows from the mid to late nineteenth century, including work from the celebrated Po
The question of authority among writers nags us less today than it did in the late Middle Ages, when poets and philosophers began daring to pen their works in the vernacular.
Permission to write also comes up in Sam Shepard’s latest book, Day out of Days, a collection of short stories that offers one incredible tale told by a friend of Fats Domino’s bodyguard abou
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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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