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Articles with keyword "books"


In Defense of Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper was a major literary innovator with fans such as Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad. Take that, Mark Twain.

Dust Jacket for "How to Do Things with Books"


How to Do Things with Books

Victorian novelists took dim view of bibliophiles

cover of Collier's, Sherlock Holmes


Long Live Sherlock Holmes

The genius detective from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has inspired a mountain of imitations.

Composer John Cage, center, in 1991


Cagey Cage

Marching to the beat of a silent drummer.

Photo portrait of Barbara Tuchman


The Dramatist

Barbara Tuchman saw history as a grand tragedy

cover of Unique Slant of Light


Southern Imagination

A new book examines centuries of art in Louisiana.

Asa Carter


Self-made Man

How a strident segregationist transformed into the beloved author of Little Tree.

Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry, Landsman

NEH Chairman Jim Leach sits down with writer and farmer Wendell Berry, this year's Jefferson Lecturer.

"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.


book cover


Girl Guides

When the reading of "bad books" was a novel experience