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America's greatest reader had overwhelming passions: for beautiful women and exceptional writing.
Early Portuguese cartographers traced the coast of the continent with astounding accuracy.
Mark Twain's infamous toast rocked the sensibilities of Boston's Brahmin establishment.
H. F. du Pont's masterpiece of horticulture.
Pinpointing a home of the first Indo-European speakers is a charged task that David Anthony takes seriously.
Great art meets folk art at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum
Numerous translations of Don Quixote, some made without knowledge of Spanish, attest to the novel’s long reach.
The great writer lives on in cartoons and comic books.
Russian music and mentoring create an unlikely colony of artists.
The choreography of Ulysses Dove lives on in New Orleans.
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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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