Washington Irving leaves Gotham to explore the frontier
The G.I. BIll represented a new deal for veterans
Cool is still cool. The word, the emotional style, and that whole flavor of cultural cachet remains ascendant after more than half a century.
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.
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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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