Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
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A favorite of Old Hickory, she made him seem kinder than he was. Why?
The master of the short story infused his work with myth and magic, but not fairytale endings.
A historical database of English in the U.S.
From American Playhouse to 12 Years a Slave, two films give different views of the same story.
Colonial opulence had to be displayed behind closed doors.
Hitler's propagandists co-opted key intellectual figures in the Western canon to suit their political agenda.
America's greatest personal essayist was more than a little shy and intensely self-conscious.
On letters, diaries, and other records of the American story at the Massachusetts Historical Society
In a digital archive of Hamlet quartos, classic Shakespearean words come and go.
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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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