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The tapestry Justice Liberating Innocence

Love and Justice for Each: Martha C. Nussbaum Through the Eyes of a Friend and Colleague

Martha Nussbaum, a modern philosopher with a passion for Greek and Roman Classics

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Ex libris: Books Recently Published with NEH Support

See the latest works from NEH grantees.

St. Nicholas Magazine

What Did Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and E. B. White Have in Common?

So many great American writers got their start in a children's periodical.

Phedre and Theseus

The Play Speaks to You: How a Translator Stays True to the Text and Connects with the Audience

The tragedy of Phèdre transcends its original verse. 

John Ruskin

John Ruskin Taught Victorian Readers and Travelers the Art of Cultivation

His power of observation gave “eyes” to generations. 

Young people in front of a theater in Berkeley, California, in the early 70s

The Late Great Planet Earth Made the Apocalypse a Popular Concern

How could one book be read so differently by millions of people?

Thoreau and Mary Moody Emerson

Mary Moody Emerson Was a Scholar, a Thinker, and an Inspiration

She saw connections among the minds she encountered in books and in person.

Tenement in Five Points, New York City

Reading Charles Darwin Utterly Changed How Charles Loring Brace Thought about Social Reform

Like his fellow abolitionists, Brace drew on Darwin’s writings to guide his thinking.

Robert Rich, Second earl of Warwick

A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known.

The pirate next door.

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The Art of Thinking in Other People’s Heads

The addictive qualities of light reading.