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On the odd and brainy Claiborne Pell
On animated pies and other curiosities of sixteenth-century life.
On the "commons" of intellectual property.
Was Arthur Schopenhauer a dog person?
On how books were used as weapons.
On the private life of Emily Post.
On the elusive Cleopatra.
On the self-help career of grammarian Sherwin Cody.
On the life of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis.
On the creative life of Orson Welles.
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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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