19th-century "story papers" gave boys stories they liked, while also encouraging readers to contribute their own material and tell their own stories.
Jarena Lee was the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1836, she published her autobiography.
European fairy tales featured bold, independent female characters—until the Reformation forced shifts in cultural attitudes towards women.
Why are Jane Austen books still so beloved? A linguist argues it has more to do with Austen's masterful use of language than with plot.
In the Victorian era, a different kind of ghostwriting became popular—largely because it allowed men to take all the credit.
H.G. Wells's famous science fiction novel imagines what would happen if Martians did to Great Britain what Europeans did to Tasmania.
If you remember your grade-school reading log, the Nancy Drew mysteries are by Carolyn Keene. Only she never existed.
Some of Emily Dickinson's poems were first published in children's magazines, in what one scholar calls a "marketing ploy gone awry."
A linguist explains why we get so distracted by the fiery language of politics, while ignoring urgent information reported by scientists.
Quick: Picture a haunted house. It's probably a Victorian mansion, right? Here's how these structures became signifiers of horror, haunting, and death.