Edgar Allan Poe: An Afternoon at the Wissahickon

by Melissa Juliet Sagendorph Even during a bleak, snowy December afternoon, it’s hard to imagine the Wissahickon Valley Park serving […]

Beatrix Potter, More Than Just Bunnies: The Legacy of Beatrix Potter

by Deborah Straw Beatrix Potter may be best known as the creator of charming characters like Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy […]

What is Your Personal Legend?

This year we are asking people to write about their “Personal Legend.” Each year I think everyone evaluates their life […]

Zora Neale Hurston, A Literary Life

By Michelle Potter “It was the time for sitting on porches beside the road. It was the time to hear […]

From Turkmenistan to America: How I Found Langston Hughes

by Sam Tranum The boy’s hands shook slightly as he stood in front of the blackboard holding a sheet of […]

Chilling Out with Charles Dickens

It’s the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, in southwest London, and it’s still a place for leisure and pleasure today. Walking round places in the borough associated with the author, it’s easy to imagine Dickens enjoying himself here.

The Real Story Behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

By Paul Millward, “A Merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!” says Fred to Scrooge in the opening pages of A […]

Who Wrote ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas? A Literary Debate

by Jennifer Ciotta Immersed in the Christmas season and living in New York, I’ve engaged in the typical Big Apple […]

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Interview with Performer Mike Randall

By Carly Cassano Did you know Charles Dickens traveled throughout Europe and the Americas performing an edited version of his […]

Becoming Dostoyevsky in St. Petersburg, Russia

Dostoyevsky was fond of crossroads, where stories are found in the foot traffic. Though he never owned or stayed longer than three years in any one apartment, he usually lived at crossroads.