America's greatest personal essayist was more than a little shy and intensely self-conscious.
By Danny Heitman
On letters, diaries, and other records of the American story at the Massachusetts Historical Society
By Nicholas A. Basbanes
In a digital archive of Hamlet quartos, classic Shakespearean words come and go.
By James Williford
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross tells the story of a people whose sense of identity is distinctly apart and distinctly American.
By Chad L. Williams
Using modern technology to understand a network of eighteenth-century thinkers.
By Meredith Hindley
The race to save Nome from a diphtheria outbreak
By Steve Moyer
"Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints," featuring the art of Brazil is on exhibit in Detroit.
By Tory Cooney
This patriarch of American science was an enemy of Darwin.
By Christoph Irmscher
Aldo Leopold's visionary thinking still guides today's environmental stewards.
What happened when Stéphane Mallarmé reimagined the book.
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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.
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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