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Making the pilgrimage to a repository of the blues.
A new film explores the complexities of an extraordinary commander.
A legacy of loss from three wars is chronicled by the American Wars in Asia Project.
Guided only by stars and the sea, a thousand years ago these explorers created an empire of ocean.
Some unusual maps trace the progress of the soul and the arc of life.
Reflections on the approach of an "improper medievalist" to feasting, the body, and death.
Romance, poetry, and protest literature are rescued from obscurity.
How a manuscript that was nearly lost still speaks to us.
Excavations beneath Florence's cathedral reveal a church for a saint that never was.
Early Icelanders turned feuding into an art form.
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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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