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Detail of a painting showing long grasses and the moon

Tani Bunchō, Grasses and Moon (detail), Japanese, Edo period, 1817.

Image: John Tsantes and Neil Greentree; © Robert Feinberg.

Arts

Paintings from the Edo period convey “a powerful sense of there-ness.” 

2.13.20

Photograph of Emily Dickinson’s family home, The Homestead, an elegant wooden building

At The Homestead

Photograph by Norman Eggert/Alamy Stock Photo

Delving into the world of Emily Dickinson

March-April 2020

Photograph of Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo
Photograph by James Cham

Malaysian-born Yangsze Choo writes novels infused with the tropical mysteries of her childhood.

March-April 2020

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

March-April 2020

Photograph of the two actors on stage

Actors Jon Michael Hill (seated) and Namir Smallwood in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Pass Over
Photograph by Jeremy Daniel

 

 

Playwright Antoinette Nwandu confronts race, religion, and her personal history.

March-April 2020

German author Karl May dressed as his Old West hero, Old Shatterhand

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(1 of 5) Iconography of an author: Karl May as his famous character Old Shatterhand, with silver rifle (ca. 1900)

Photograph by Ullstein bild Dtl./Contributor/Getty Images

Brief life of a myth-making writer: 1842-1912

March-April 2020

An official Houghton envelope with the words: "Memorandum regarding Eliot Hale letters, instructions enclosed."

"I'd seen this thing sitting on a shelf in the vault for years," curator Leslie Morris says: the Houghton envelope containing a sealed envelope and instructions from T.S. Eliot. Image courtesy of Houghton Library/Harvard University

A bombshell letter from modernist poet T.S. Eliot, 50 years after his death

1.30.20

Cozy Map Room Tea Lounge with books, bar, and vaulted ceiling

The casual Map Room Tea Lounge offers “bar bites,” like the charcuterie board and tartines
Photograph by Binita Patel

 

The Boston Public Library’s cozy winter hideout

January-February 2020

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

November-December 2019