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Prescott Hall, leader of the Immigration Restriction League

Immigration and the Brahmins

An influx of undesirables at the end of the nineteenth century hit Boston's elite rather hard.

What Words Are Worth

In defense of the humanities.

Darwin the Young Adventurer

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

The Death of James Lee Byars, 1982/1994

Outside the Frame

How Asia changed the course of American art.

Portrait of Mary St. John Hutchinson

British Modernism’s Many Manners

The Bloomsbury group broke ties with Victorian ideals and reimagined British art.

The Voracious Pen of Thomas Carlyle

A young historian pours forth The French Revolution, blood and all, inspiring a generation of Victorian writers.

A Poet’s Inner Eye

A literary scholar looks for Elizabeth Bishop in the fishing waters of Florida.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba

Thieves of Pleasure

A vicious fraternal war rewards Alfonso VI with the artistic and poetic treasures of al-Andalus.

Image of Thorton Wilder, January, 28, 1962

The Utterly Civilized Wilder

Despite global popularity, the enduring works of Thornton Wilder hold up to critical scrutiny.

Image of Lincoln at McClellan's camp

Lincoln the Great

Though He Didn’t Look That Way at the Time.