Anita D. McClellan entered the publishing industry as a secretary, one of the few opportunities available to women at the time. We tell her story.
The King James Bible, the most popular version read worldwide, had a lasting influence on the American literary canon.
Prizes and awards are forms of cultural capital in prestige-making projects.
Read an excerpt from "War's Womanly Face," a book by the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize Svetlana Alexievich about female Russian soldiers in World War II.
The pun is in an interesting bind: it is both ubiquitous and reviled. We try to understand why.
A look at the recent boon in archaic terms and its relationship to "hipster" culture.
We've made available two poems each by Ellen Bryant Voigt and Ben Lerner, 2015 recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.
The famous writer-observer of nature, Henry David Thoreau, fills the popular imagination. But have we mythologized the image of him as a recluse?
Juan Felipe Herrera is the new U.S. Poet Laureate. It is a position that has had a long life, dating back to the Greeks.
Is the syllable universal? Maybe. We look at how languages use (and don't use) syllables, and what this says about language itself.