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Plaque with face of Stefan Zeromski

Żeromski the Magnificent!

The novelist who captured Polish life even as it was changing

View through a bench in Central Park.

Public Parking

Frederick Law Olmsted designed pastoral escapes for the urban masses.

child in theater

Deaf Meets Wonderstruck

An NEH-funded documentary inspires a cinematic novel, one to be seen as well as read.

man and woman lying on their backs, "pinned" by chair bases

Modern Love

Charles and Ray Eames forged a new sensibility while doing everything and nothing.

business letter in Audubon's handwriting

Audubon the Writer

The celebrated bird portraitist was also a great artist of the written word.

Two sailing vessels at sea in nineteenth century

A Diplomatic Education

Early in the Civil War, the Union narrowly avoided war with Britain.

open King James Bible

The Everlasting Bible

New translations of the Bible have sought to make it accessible to everyone.

Depiction of Islamic scholar Averroës

The Islamic Scholar Who Gave Us Modern Philosophy

Averroës' writings on Aristotle shaped Western philosophy as we know it.

Hurston playing with children

Zora's Place

To understand her, you need to understand Eatonville—and vice versa.

Civil War-era group portrait of blacks near the James River in Virginia

Reading the Civil War

The moral and political dilemmas of the time seem so clear in retrospect.