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Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read more

First Editions, Miniseries, Modern American Literature: One Bookseller's Obsession

Styles of American Prose: Quotes on War, Rebellion, and Coming of Age

In terms of prose, American Literature is by no means the only tradition with diverse styles. Entire books have been written on the subject. For the sake of brevity here,… Read More

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An Artist Finds His Calling: The Story of George Catlin, the “First Artist of the West”

No artist, in the period before photography, traveled more widely among as many different tribes or made as many portraits and scenes of Indians from life. –Robert J. Moore on… Read More

American Ephemera, Miniseries

American Ephemera: Newspapers

You will see by the Newspapers, which I from time to time inclose, with what Rapidity, the Colonies proceed in their political Maneuvres. – John Adams letter to Abigail Adams,… Read More

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The Story Behind Opticks by Sir Isaac Newton

Long before his magnum opus on theoretical physics was published, a young Sir Isaac Newton was sticking needles in his eyes. Equipped with a voracious intellect from a young age,… Read More

Miniseries, Modern American Literature: One Bookseller's Obsession, Rare Books

Salinger

If you’re a reader of this website it means you’re probably in to literary things, so it’s likely no stretch on my part to assume you’re aware of the new… Read More

First Editions, Stories About Books

The Story Behind the First Sherlock Holmes Novel: A Study in Scarlet

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

American Ephemera, Miniseries

American Ephemera: Broadsides

The Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve the Connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and to declare them free & independent States; as you will perceive by… Read More

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Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns: The Kilmarnock Edition

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?   It’s hard to imagine New Year’s without this song… Read More

Miniseries, Modern American Literature: One Bookseller's Obsession, Rare Books

J R by William Gaddis

The path to favorite books is hardly ever the same.  Whether assigned to you in school, recommended by a friend, a familial right of passage, or just bought in the… Read More

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John Milton’s Paradise Lost

Fallen angels, angry deities and the weakness of man, all are explored in Paradise Lost, the epic poem by John Milton, who was nearly sixty when he wrote the now… Read More