Category: Literature

Big Work

Big Work

Zander Brietzke—  On January 1, 1935 Eugene O’Neill outlined a series of four plays about four brothers (a ship captain, a gambler, a politician, and a railroad magnate) set in… READ MORE

The Letters of Sydney Taylor

The Letters of Sydney Taylor

Alexandra Dunietz— Would Sydney Taylor, author of the All-of-a-Kind books, have had a Facebook page? I usually avoid counterfactual history, but while helping June Cummins with research on Taylor, I… READ MORE

The Aeneid

The Aeneid

Susanna Braund— The Aeneid tells the story of the foundation of Rome by colonists from the East, refugees from the city of Troy in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) after it was… READ MORE

The Making of a Children’s Writer

The Making of a Children’s Writer

John Batchelor— Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865, the son of a highly skilled artist and sculptor, John Lockwood Kipling, and his wife Alice (nee Macdonald), who was… READ MORE

Ibsen’s Kingdom

Ibsen’s Kingdom

Evert Sprinchorn— For people with intellects, reading Ibsen was more than entertaining; it was enthralling. Reading his plays is equivalent to a journey through nineteenth-century thought, its art, politics, and… READ MORE

Samuel Johnson on Endings

Samuel Johnson on Endings

This year Yale University Press published Samuel Johnson, a diverse and accessible selected works of eighteenth-century Britain’s preeminent man of letters. The following excerpt is a section from one of… READ MORE

A Tribute to Theodore Margellos

A Tribute to Theodore Margellos

John Donatich— The recent passing of Theodore Margellos sent me to my bookshelf to look at the Margellos World Republic of Letters volumes lined up side by side. Together, they… READ MORE

From Dante to Disney

From Dante to Disney

José María Pérez Fernández and Edward Wilson-Lee— A few days ago, a subsecretary in the newly-installed Italian government led by Mario Draghi tweeted out to followers an inspiring message which… READ MORE

A Conversation with Marilyn Booth

A Conversation with Marilyn Booth

This month, Yale University Press published Voices of the Lost by Hoda Barakat, a chilling novel that weaves together a series of devastating confessions about life in contemporary Arab society.  Set… READ MORE

A Poem for Spring

A Poem for Spring

Spring officially arrived this past weekend, bringing with it the reminder that roughly one year has passed since the United States first entered lockdown. Maya C. Popa’s poem, “Spring,” recalls… READ MORE

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