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There is something of Walter Isaacson in the people he writes about.
Archibald Motley painted African Americans having a good time
After winning the Civil War and living in the White House, he decided to see the world.
How Albert Einstein became a celebrity
The letters of Robert Frost invite us to reconsider the man behind the poetry.
Even toward the end of her life, the writer revealed a youthful zest for life and art.
An online encyclopedia created at the University of Michigan includes thousands of documents detailing the U.S. response to the 1918 flu crisis.
What we think we know about the arrival of Homo sapiens on this continent.
She caused a furor when she coined “the banality of evil” to describe mindless acts of Nazi horror.
A favorite of Old Hickory, she made him seem kinder than he was. Why?
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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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