But the eighteenth-century readerly hobby angered critics, who saw it as a “monstrous practice.”
There’s a constant attention to the burdens of history in Robert Hayden’s poems. Even amid the beauties of life, the ghosts of the past linger.
Marguerite Young's Miss MacIntosh, My Darling is a dense fusion of poetry and prose. One critic says it's unjustifiably forgotten.
In the poet’s work, the small and ordinary rise to the level of heroic adventures. If we value human life, then we should value what makes up a life.
Shelley's third novel, about the sole survivor of a global plague, draws on the now-outdated miasma theory of disease.
At a time when questions about women's rights in marriage roiled society, women readers took to the pages of cheap books about husband-murdering wives.
In the Decameron of Boccaccio, friends tell one another stories of love to while away the hours of quarantine.
The current vogue for the Amherst poet needs to give credit to the way she readily examined her childhood ideas about fixed and immutable truth.
How do innocuous words become insidious in the face of a public health emergency?
Scholars once doubted that pre-literate peoples could ever have composed and recited poems as long as the Odyssey. Milman Parry changed that.