Walt Whitman speaks!—embraces multitudes, and becomes our contemporary
“Andrew Johnson must learn”: Brenda Wineapple on our first presidential impeachment
Nation-building in a war of insurgency: Rick Atkinson on the American Revolution
John Schulian: The “deadline artists” who brought the sports pages to life
Stony the Road: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow
Liz Petry on her mother, Ann Petry: private but dedicated to service—and her art
Always Coming Home: The Ursula K. Le Guin book that breaks the novel form “wide open”
The power of Ann Petry: “the issues . . . she faces resonate with our times”
John O’Hara in the 1930s: “he habitually told Americans the truth about themselves”
James Fenimore Cooper reveals “deeply hidden truths” about the American Revolution
John Updike, Pennsylvania, and “the matter of America”
Mindy Aloff: “Most writers . . . are fascinated by dancing”
Four books—and a flawed Everyman—that made John Updike’s name as a novelist
The War Before the War: Andrew Delbanco on fugitive slaves and the fragility of the American Republic
From “lovelorn, insecure young man” to resolute commander—the private side of Ulysses S. Grant
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom recasts the life of one of our major literary figures
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