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Lingua Obscura: A New Linguistics Column

A linguistics column that will uncover curious stories of language use from all around the world--written by a linguist.

J.R.R. Tolkien the Philologist

Before The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist, a specialist in historical texts.
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Our Obsession with Orphans: A Short History from Jane Eyre to Annie

Little Orphan Annie is the latest in a sequence of pop culture foundlings, but America’s orphans of the Great Depression weren’t endearing at all.

Gabriel García Márquez’s Papers Go to University of Texas at Austin

The archive of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, will go to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Poet Claudia Emerson dies at 57

Poet Claudia Emerson has died of cancer at age 57.

New Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

A 33-year old Dutch designer, Christian Boer, has created the Dyslexie typeface to help dyslexic readers

Louise Glück Wins National Book Award for Poetry

Louise Glück has won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for her latest book, Faithful and Virtuous Night.

The First English Books

In the rare book world, the earliest printed books are known as incunables or incunabula.

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves Will Be a New TV Series

Karen Russell St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, a short story collection by Karen Russell, will be turned into an ABC show

Hermathena

Selected items from Hermathena, a scholarly journal of classics from Trinity College, Dublin.