Samuel Richardson's Pamela, the first novel in English, astounded and terrified readers. Authors have striven for the same effect since.
Censorship isn't just redacted text and banned words. What happens when censorship is furtive, flying under the radar as much as possible?
What does "boredom" even mean? As both a word and a concept, boredom is not a universal phenomenon but a historical construction specific to our times.
With New Year’s Day on the horizon, many people will write their resolutions. Rudyard Kipling's poem explores the trials and tribulations of resolutions.
In The Long Winter, often praised as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s greatest novel, the villain may be not the snow, but oppressive gender roles.
One scholar sees more in the Christmas food of authors like Charles Dickens—English national identity and class.
Arguing about the great American novel was perfect fodder for periodicals in the late 1800s, and it is catnip for a listicle-obsessed internet.
Settle in to the winter season with verse from Dylan Thomas, H.D., Pushkin, and more.
Nintendo's Mario and Homer's Odysseus have more in common than you might think.
At some point in their lexical histories, lost words' original meanings died and have been revived into a mere semblance of their former selves.