William Shakespeare

Shakespeare: Dead or Alive?

Shakespeare's authorship has been questioned by many, including Mark Twain.
Pocket Magazine, 1895

Put This Poem in Your Pocket

The Academy of American Poets has declared it Poem in Your Pocket Day. We’re not complaining; we’re suggesting you ...
A tray of pigs in a blanket.

Putting Words in Your Mouth: The Whimsical Language of Food

Many whimsically named regional foods focus instead on telling a story that often sounds neither delicious nor sophisticated. How do such odd names stick?
Viet Thanh Nguyen Photo courtesy of Anna Min

An Early Short Story from Pulitzer-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

An early story from 2016 Pultizer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Peter Balakian Kelly Writers House

Peter Balakian: Winner 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Read poems by Peter Balakian, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Daniel Boone escorting settlers through the Cumberland Gap, by George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879)

Who Was Daniel Boone?

Who was the man who became an American icon? Daniel Boone was a frontiersman, pioneer, political figure, ally of Native Americans, and more. 
red peony

Seven Favorite Flower Poems

Our editors pick flower poems from Poetry magazine, American Poetry Review, and the Kenyon Review.
Beverly Cleary in 1971

Beverly Cleary, Age 100

American author Beverly Cleary turns 100 this week. Explore her world and legacy through classic characters like Henry Higgins and Beezus and Ramona Quimby.
Ossian Receiving the Ghosts of Fallen French Heroes, Anne-Louis Girodet, 1805

Ossian, Rude Bard of the North

Ossian once rivaled Homer in the Western literary canon. Whatever happened to him?
Left: Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1885 Right: Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and writer

Politics on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane

A new collection of letters sheds light on the fraught relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter.