Henry David Thoreau went in for society, but on his own terms.
By Danny Heitman
Barbara Tuchman saw history as a grand tragedy
By Meredith Hindley
As Germany occupied France, Green brought Paris to life in his superlative diaries.
By Francis-Noël Thomas
The battle for Nietzsche's legacy began when Count Hary Kessler met Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche.
Theology became flesh and blood in the sacred street theater of medieval England.
By James Williford
Gilgamesh was a brutal tyrant who foolishly tried to defeat death.
By Philip Freeman
The journalist who pioneered serious film criticism showed a cinematic touch in all of his writing.
Some of the people he has influenced don't even realize it.
By Leo Damrosch
An Appreciation by Mark Bittman
By Mark Bittman
Over their staffs' objections, Roosevelt and Churchill set in motion the invasion of North Africa.
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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.
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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