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A stormy evening closes in on a villa not far from Lake Geneva. The group of friends gathered there read ghost stories to pass the time. Inspired by these tales… Read More
In January of 1851, a 40 year old homemaker and mother of six received $300 from a Washington D.C. newspaper to write a short antislavery narrative. Staying up nights after… Read More
In 1886, an elderly and reclusive spinster died in a small New England town, leaving instructions to her younger sister to burn all her surviving correspondences. The town was Amherst, and… Read More
…how he wept over it, and laughed and wept again…how he walked thinking of it fifteen and twenty miles about the black streets of London, and many a night after… Read More
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. It is a great irony of 19th century literature that Jules Verne owed the inspiration for his first… Read More
In 1882, a young doctor waited for patients to arrive. To pass the time, he began writing short stories. The man named Arthur Conan Doyle later became embarrassed by… Read More
One of the world’s most important books of poetry may never have been published if the poet had not been a printer himself. I speak of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,… Read More