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The Father of Modern Libraries Was a Serial Sexual Harasser
December 19, 2017

Melvil Dewey helped create a new profession for women—and harassed them at every step of the way. Read More

Why Jane Austen Never Married
December 18, 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that marriage isn’t always in the cards. Read More

How Truman Capote Threw the Most Legendary Party of the 20th Century
November 28, 2017

The Black and White Ball relaunched Katharine Graham’s social life. Read More

How Charles Dickens Helped the English Get Fresh Air
November 20, 2017

The country once taxed the number of windows people had—in effect, making them pay to breathe. Read More

Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Keeps Getting Banned
October 16, 2017

Biloxi, Mississippi, will remove the book from school curriculums. Read More

Why Ralph Ellison Never Published a Second Novel During His Lifetime
June 19, 2017

After the colossal success of “Invisible Man,” Ralph Ellison struggled for 40 years to finish his second novel, “Juneteenth.” Read More

The True Story of the Real-Life Winnie-the-Pooh
October 13, 2016

Find out how a real-life black bear owned by a Canadian soldier serving in World War I inspired the famous children’s book. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About “The Jungle”
February 25, 2016

On the anniversary of its publication, get the facts on Upton Sinclair’s muckraking masterpiece. Read More

Harper Lee Publishes First Novel in 55 Years
July 13, 2015

Amid heated controversy, Harper Lee’s much-anticipated second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” is being released tomorrow, 55 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became a sensation. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Nathaniel Hawthorne
May 19, 2014

On the anniversary of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s death, explore 10 surprising facts about the famed American novelist. Read More