He was the poet who asked, ‘Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life?’ but new evidence suggests Larkin was proud of his library job.
Kate Grenville suggests we read Elizabeth Macarthur’s letters as ‘a wonderful piece of fiction, sustained over sixty years’. They were exercises in doubleness, concealment, and delicious irony.
The letter Z has become a controversial pro-Russian symbol during the war in Ukraine.
Two poems that were originally excised from ‘Ariel,’ Plath’s seminal poetry collection, vividly channel the painful experience of losing an unborn child.
As part of the nation’s massive wartime mobilization effort, millions of Americans, for the first time, traveled abroad – where many had their first encounters with the marine predators.
The written word has guided us through distance from our loved ones for centuries. Here’s how it can bring us closer
Doubt can be uncomfortable. It is often tempting to jump to conclusions. But Keats counsels otherwise.
Dickens worried for the safety of his sons when diphtheria broke out in France and - in a newly discovered letter - wrote about how the truth was difficult to find.
190 years after her birth, Dickinson’s life reminds us of how to confront the depths of loss with courage and hope.
While the man the world knows as ‘Papa’ balanced the demands of parenting with his work, his letters and fiction offer a window into the depth of his paternal feeling.
During our current bout of collective trauma, many of our coping strategies have mimicked the ways Americans responded to the Kennedy assassination.
Will there ever be an electronic equivalent of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ or Émile Zola’s ‘J’Accuse!’?
Developing fluency in handwriting matters for literacy outcomes, and handwriting is an elegant testimony to the unique power of the human voice.
The media trope negates the work done by archivists, who are often well-aware of the existence of ‘long-lost’ letters, journals and stories.
Leonard Cohen’s letter to his former girlfriend on her death bed became a viral phenomenon. But the words that circulated on social media were a paraphrased version, not his own.
Stacks of treasured love letters can tell the intimate stories of war.
In order to avoid being labeled a communist sympathizer, King needed to publicly distance himself from the controversial poet. Privately, King found ways to channel Hughes’ prose.
Essays On Air: Reading Germaine Greer’s mail.
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The Germaine Greer Archive offers a powerful, often amusing, sometimes perplexing glimpse into the lives of people affected by her work, as well as the many faces of Greer herself.
A newly published batch of Ernest Hemingway’s letters could change the way we think about the author’s influences, relationships with other writers and views on race.
New research gives weight to Noam Chomsky’s idea of a universal language ability.