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Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

Summer Camp for Book Nerds: Why I Keep Returning to Rare Book School

How to read a book: For starters, remember it's a physical object

H. L. Mencken with his brothers

H. L. Mencken as a Boy? Oh, Boy!

Mencken's memoirs show a softer side on the sardonic critic

The bridge where Ed Johnson met his tragic fate.

Chattanooga versus the Supreme Court

The 1906 criminal case against Ed Johnson in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Detail from a portrait of Anne Boleyn

Scholar Stretches Truth: English Professor Bruce Holsinger on Writing Historical Fiction

Writers of historical fiction look for the plausible when manipulating the facts

Charles W. Morgan in 1947.

Nineteenth-Century Whaler Takes Twenty-First Century Voyage

Over a hundred seventy years after its birth, the Charles W. Morgan makes its way through New England's waters.

Susan Sontag captured by photographer Peter Hujar in 1975.

Susan Sontag, Essayist and So Much Else

A new film on Susan Sontag gives an intimate look at her passions.


Bird Artist John Gould and the Man Who Lost a Fortune Collecting Him

The story of an entrepreneurial artist and an avid book collector

President Teddy Roosevelt

The Roosevelt Bond: How War and Politics Brought FDR and TR Closer

Politics and war brought Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt ever closer.

Portrait of James Abbott McNeill Whistler

How James McNeill Whistler Became a Brand and Fought for It in Court

James McNeill Whistler and John Ruskin battled over what makes a work worthy to be deemed art

Korean masterpiece on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Korean Culture Is on the Rise. What About Korean Art?

Learn about five hundred years of artistic tradition from the Joseon Dynasty