History Stories
CATEGORY: Literature
200 Years Ago, ‘Frankenstein’ Was Born During a Ghastly Vacation
March 9, 2018

As rain poured down, conflicts between Mary Shelley and her fellow vacationers reached a boiling point. Read More

‘A Wrinkle in Time’s’ Long Religious Controversy
March 7, 2018

Before it was a Disney movie, many thought the book was heretical. Read More

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

Little Libertarians on the Prairie: The Hidden Politics Behind a Children’s Classic
February 7, 2017

On the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth, learn about her secret collaborator on the popular “Little House on the Prairie” books and her Libertarian Party connections. 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