A trove of letters reveals the wit and intrigue of the Medici courts.
A captive and an owner give firsthand accounts of the transatlantic voyage.
Excerpts from the works of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
From terracotta heads to steel sculptures, a new exhibition takes viewers across seven millennia in the Niger Delta.
A town in Massachusetts opens its doors to fugitive slaves.
A designer leaves his imprint on Chicago’s skyline.
A film on Ralph Ellison and his novel delves into his position as a black man in America.
A glimpse of the young would-be farmer who became a military hero and the president of the United States.
A new film tells how he survived vicissitudes to remain the most loved man of his century.
For centuries, poetry has expressed the soul of the Arab world.
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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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