The Italian American poet and artist's “willingness to speak” about what was culturally unspeakable was a liberation.
Beah Richards is best known as an actor, but in 1951 she wrote a sweeping poem that influenced the Civil Rights Movement.
Frank London Brown’s 1959 novel, which presents a powerful story of white supremacist hatred, has been selected for the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.
In a famous essay, a scholar uncovered difficult truths about Alger, whose name has been associated with the "rags to riches" myth.
Euphemisms can hide facts that need to be confronted. How do they work from a linguist's point of view?
Rebecca Harding Davis had no firsthand experience of iron mills. Neither does her nameless narrator.
Toni Morrison was renowned for the musicality of her prose, so writing lyrics for classical music wasn't a huge stretch.
If Taylor Swift shifts her accent in her transition from country to pop, does she lose the personal authenticity important to country music?
Leon Uris's bestselling book Exodus portrayed the founding of the state of Israel in terms many Americans could relate to.
"On this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it’s up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences."