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August Wilson in 2004

August Wilson's Blues Poetry

The playwright gave expression to a century of black voices.

A Female Philoctetes

Theater of War

Aquila Theatre and YouStories bring veterans together with ancient Greek drama.

The Wild Man illustration

How the Grimm Brothers Saved the Fairy Tale

The surprising history behind the world’s most famous collection of folk tales.

portrait of Montaigne

Our Contemporary, Montaigne: He Pioneered the Personal Essay and Made Candor Literary

Montaigne invented the personal essay and made candor literary.

an illustration of Lincoln

Lincoln’s Assassination Stuns the Nation

President Lincoln, shot on Good Friday, was dead on Saturday, and mourned throughout the country on Easter Sunday, 1865.

Contact sheet -- Anna Deavere Smith

The Many Faces of Anna Deavere Smith

Back of Napoleon

Digital Boot Camp for Military Historians

Historians release their inner computer geek.

Little Italy, New York City, 1950s

What Sets Italian Americans Off From Other Immigrants?

Family and work for starters, according to a new TV documentary.

Portrait of Ambroise Vollard

Paul Cézanne Revered the Old Masters, yet Influenced Waves of Modernists as They Broke with the Past

Always the student, even the famous Cézanne went back to the basics.

Sono Osato

The Original Miss Turnstiles: Sono Osato Starred on Broadway While Her Japanese Father Was Interned

Provocative casting in On the Town.