SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Benjamin Anastas
The playwright and classicist Claude Fredericks kept 65,000 pages of a journal, likely the longest record of one American life ever kept. Is it valuable as a documentary record, or as a demonstration of the self-mythologizing work of the diarist?
by Catherine Prendergast
"Far too often, archives resemble graveyards with marked tombs for men in which a few bones of women are scattered. It’s time to dig up all of the bones and ask them what story they tell."
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Farah Jasmine Griffin
"What does justice look like for centuries of systemic abuse and violence enacted by a society built upon withholding justice from Black people? In all of her novels Toni Morrison contemplates the nature and practice of justice."
SOURCE: Public Books
by Jeffrey Lawrence
Herman Melville's move to Pittsfield in western Massachusetts wasn't a withdrawal from society; he was active in building the cultural life of the Berkshire region.
by Janie Chang
The story of the Siku Quanshu Wenlan Ge is inseparable from the story of people who risked all to protect a cultural legacy, from the librarian who sold off his house to the students who would not abandon the heavy boxes that slowed their travel.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
by Matthew Teutsch
"Gaines...wrote about the people he knew. The land he knew. Their struggles. Their joys. Their lives."
SOURCE: NY Times
Of the 28 most popular books published between 1895 and 1902, 25 were by men. By 1904, though, the situation had begun to improve — and 1907 was a record-breaking year for women’s book sales.
SOURCE: NY Times
by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
The Algonquin Round Table trained a generation of socially conscious writers.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Stephen Groening
The techniques and technologies described in the novel are very much present in today’s world.
SOURCE: Literary Hub
by Jennifer Traig
For most of history, authors have used their words to render children speechless.
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