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 […]

That Black, Dragon-Haunted Pass: The Mystery of Lermontov’s Caucasus

By Tara Isabella Burton “I was traveling along the military road back from Tiflis.” So begins Mikhail Lermontov’s 1833 A […]

Hemingway’s Cuba: The Old Man and the Sea

by Brian Francis Donohue As the sun rises over the defunct fishing processing plant on the hill overlooking the bay, […]

George Sand: Her Majorcan Winter of Discontent

By Joni Rendon Never before-and possibly never since-has a Mediterranean island inspired as much enmity as did the Spanish isle […]

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 […]