Before There Was ’50 Shades’…There Was Elinor Glyn’s ‘It’
A writer named Elinor Glyn wrote a novel entitled "It and other stories in 1927"
Why Boris Pasternak Rejected His Nobel Prize
What’s in a Brand Name: the Sounds of Persuasion
The mere letters and sounds used in a brand name can have a curious impact on its reception by the public.
Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel,” 50 Years Later
Published in 1965, Ariel was published after Sylvia Plath herself had already been dead for two years.
Lingua Obscura: Young Women’s Language Patterns at the Forefront of Linguistic Change
Linguists observe that young women's language patterns invite negative reactions, comments, and suggestions to change.
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.
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.