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"Disatisfied": a woodblock illustration by Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans

The misfit journalist felt at home in the marginalized world he wrote about.

 

Montage of Harriet Beecher Stowe and a family letter.

Parlor Politics

The area of Nook Farm was a hotbed for Stowe and her activist circle.

Portrait of Gouverneur Morris

Ungoverned Passion

Founding Father and ladies' man Gouverneur Morris flees revolutionary Paris to discover the delights of central Europe.

Helen Clay Frick standing, wearing black trench coat, in Belgium.

All the Art

The records division at the Frick continues working toward the great goal of its founder.

Cartoon showing Pegler charging racketeers with a pen

Who Was Westbrook Pegler?

The original right-wing takedown artist

Stein in France with her longtime friend Bernard Faÿ

The Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein

Was the den mother of modernism a fascist?

Photograph of Fort Ross

Russian Dreams of an American Colony

Fort Ross on California's rocky coast contained an oasis of Russian refinement.

Photo portrait of Philip Larkin

"Moving and Memorable"

The complete poems of Philip Larkin

Richard and Mildred Loving in 1965.

The Right to Love

The freedom to marry across racial lines was tested by a shy Virginia couple, who were very much in love.

Library of America book covers for Vonnegut

Unhappy Camper

The hijacking of Vonnegut's early education embarrassed him not just at the time but down the road, when his career would bring him into contact with writers more well-read than he was.