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W.B. Yeats. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Since we’re just a few days from St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate with a brief look at Ireland’s most famous poet, William Butler Yeats, and his role in the Irish Literary Revival. Although no...
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900-1948), Circus , ca. 1938, oil on canvas, 36 ¼ x 24 ¼ inches, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; Gift of the artist, 1943.5 “Mr. Fitzgerald is a novelist and Mrs. Fitzgerald is a novelty." So said writer Ring Lardner after visiting his good...
A 1920 photo of Alice Paul, the 28 year-old powerhouse behind the 1913 Woman Suffrage Parade. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Harris & Ewing, [reproduction number LC-DIG-ds-00180] One hundred years ago this Sunday, 5,000 women’s...
Former National Council on the Arts members John Steinbeck and Ralph Ellison. Photo by R. Philip Hanes, Jr. Wednesday, February 27, would have marked John Steinbeck's 111st birthday. To celebrate the Big Read author, we pulled together a few fun facts about the American icon. Did you know...? When...
Cover of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Image courtesy of Harper Perennial Modern Classics Oftentimes, books we read in childhood and adolescence become touchstones throughout our lives. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is undoubtedly one such book for many people. In this 1937...
Flora Wong celebrating her athletic achievements. Wong recently delivered a lecture on writing memoir as part of Lewis & Clark Library's Big Read program. Photo courtesy of Flora Wong Everyone has a story to tell. We all have people, events, and past experiences that have impacted us, shaping...
love by flickr user .jennifer donley. We all have our favorite literary love affairs. Rhett and Scarlett. Rochester and Jane. Elizabeth and Darcy. But as much as these fictional flings have come to symbolize the height of passion and heartbreak, one can find plenty of love stories in the nonfiction...
The mascot for the Baltimore Ravens is a Raven named Poe. The Ravens, the 2013 Super Bowl Champions, are the only football team to be named after a poem. Photo by Phil Hoffman I have to admit, I've never really shown much interest in football. But my husband is a big sports fan, and so our Sunday...
February 4, 2013 The cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of Our Town , directed by Stephen Rayne. Photo by T. Charles Erickson On January 22, 1938, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town premiered at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. Seventy-five years later, the play remains one of the most...
Jack London with his dog, Rollo, 1885. Photo courtesy of Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” While I agree with dear Ernie to a certain extent, the loyalty of man’s best friend is hard to rival. The lifelong...

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