A student of an underappreciated literary genre selects some books that may change the way you see what you do.
His speech was called “our intellectual Declaration of Independence.” Its theme was the universe itself; its hero, Man Thinking. Now, one hundred and seventy-five years later, a noted scholar sees Emerson’s great vision as both more beleaguered and more urgent than ever.
Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody managed to extend the boundaries that cramped the lives of nineteenth-century women. Elizabeth introduced the kindergarten movement to America, Mary developed a new philosophy of mothering that we now take for granted, and Sophia was liberated from invalidism by her passionate love for her husband.
Walden is here, of course; but so too is Fanny Farmer’s first cookbook
She was the first whaleship ever sunk by her prey. But that’s not why she’s remembered.
The city has been a lure for millions, but most of the great American minds have been appalled by its excesses. Here an eminent observer, who knows firsthand the city’s threat, surveys the subject.
How a champagne picnic on Monument Mountain led to a profound revision of Moby Dick — and disenchantment