Sigrid Undset

The Best Book You’ve Never Read

The best book you've never read may just be 'Kristin Lavransdatter,' which won its author Sigrid Undset the Nobel Prize in 1928.
Mr. Bumble, full-length, standing, facing left, pointing with right hand. Illus. in: The Characters of Charles Dickens pourtrayed (sic) in a series of original water colour sketches by "Kyd", color lithograph, Raphael Tuck & Sons, London, ca. 1899.

Charles Dickens and the Linguistic Art of the Minor Character

Charles Dickens' characters are famous for their elaborate, often hilarious names. Even for bit parts, Dickens' naming conventions were linguistically rich.
anti-Mormon illustration

How Victorian Writers Eroticized Mormons

Victorian anti-Mormonism meant 19th-century Americans were both fascinated and frightened by Mormons' marriage and sexual practices.
A mother and daughter sitting in the living room together.

The One Thing Parents Really Need

The prologue of Catherine Newman’s new parenting memoir Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood’s Messy Years, evocatively called ...
The Ghost Road, The Eye in the Door, Regeneration, by Pat Barker

Women Write War Fiction, Too

Women do write war fiction, and that oft-ignored body of literature deserves another look.
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

A Conversation with Alexander Chee

While fact-checking his critically acclaimed novel about an enigmatic soprano of the Paris Opera , Chee happened upon a piece of information on JSTOR he could not ignore.
William Shakespeare

Shakespeare: Dead or Alive?

Shakespeare's authorship has been questioned by many, including Mark Twain.
Pocket Magazine, 1895

Put This Poem in Your Pocket

The Academy of American Poets has declared it Poem in Your Pocket Day. We’re not complaining; we’re suggesting you ...
A tray of pigs in a blanket.

Putting Words in Your Mouth: The Whimsical Language of Food

Many whimsically named regional foods focus instead on telling a story that often sounds neither delicious nor sophisticated. How do such odd names stick?
Viet Thanh Nguyen Photo courtesy of Anna Min

An Early Short Story from Pulitzer-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

An early story from 2016 Pultizer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen.