The history of the most awesome language ever
Remembering William Trevor’s Anglo-Irish Stories
When college students are told what to think and what not to say, who suffers in the end?
Learning from Mr. Hyde
Louis P. Masur
In his new memoir, Springsteen reveals his inner life but is strangely silent on his music
This piece from 1937 envisions the forces that make a demagogue like Trump possible
Academics shouldn’t scoff at literary prose—they have much to learn from it
Ode to the man who brought out the goodness in the game
The game of nuclear deterrence contains a fatal trap
Hamilton woke me up; I see it waking up young fans, too
Our complete coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic events
In 1860, after Lincoln received the Republican presidential nomination, he kept his mouth shut until the election—we should be so lucky today.
On Dispatches, mentors, and writing about war
What lies beneath the surface of the grand estates and courtly balls
Breaking the code of “The Divine Comedy” with patient reverence
An interview with Alison Case, author of the novel “Nelly Dean”
Ten pieces to warm your ears
Paula Marantz Cohen
Why an intellectual space requires a safe space
First thing you do is lock the candidates in a room
What does it mean when you don’t want your own child?
Uncovering forgotten history through fiction
How we keep free speech from becoming hate speech
The novels of Elena Ferrante
Putting Sister Carrie to work
Fifteen books are in the running for three $10,000 awards
On the eve of Harper Lee’s new book release, reconsidering the legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird
John S. Rosenberg
Remembering William Zinsser
The novelist possessed his characters, and was possessed by them
Clare Morgana Gillis
A journalist remembers her days in Libya with James Foley
Sandra M. Gilbert
A Response to David Handlin’s “One Hundred Best American Novels”
A reading enthusiast’s list
Beach reading, Scholar style
These classic titles are worth a read
The stubborn genius of hope
Books we admire from 2013
Hugh Nissenson should have been better known for his spare historical novels
What would Lincoln say today?
Celebrating Albert Camus on his centennial
William M. Chace
Is it even possible for universities to do what the Supreme Court asks?
Demanding answers from a war criminal
Miranda K. Pennington
A short poem written in Charlotte’s hand goes up for auction. What would it feel like just to hold it?
In his writing, he explained an activist Supreme Court to the nation
Clare Morgana Gillis
A reporter describes her visit under fire to rebel-held villages near the symbolic homeland of President Bashar al-Assad
William J. Connell
If you think the holiday pits Native Americans against Italian Americans, consider the history behind its origin
David J. Wasserstein
Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry was most eloquent when performed before an audience
Covering the book beat
Ralph Lombreglia answers questions about his short story "Unrippable" in the Autumn 2009 issue of The American Scholar.
A cancer survivor and writer says the “cancer community” lacks a cohesive political movement