History Stories
CATEGORY: Literature
Hidden Pages in Anne Frank’s Diary Deciphered After 75 Years
May 15, 2018

The new material reveals a different side of the murdered teenage author. Read More

The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced
May 3, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston’s searing book about the final survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, is being published nearly a century after it was written. Read More

How World War I Changed Literature
April 26, 2018

World War I altered the world for decades, and writers and poets reflected that shifted outlook in literature, novels and poetry. Read More

200 Years Ago, ‘Frankenstein’ Was Born During a Ghastly Vacation
March 9, 2018

As rain poured down, conflicts between Mary Shelley and her fellow vacationers reached a boiling point. Read More

‘A Wrinkle in Time’s’ Long Religious Controversy
March 7, 2018

Before it was a Disney movie, many thought the book was heretical. Read More

The Father of Modern Libraries Was a Serial Sexual Harasser
December 19, 2017

Melvil Dewey helped create a new profession for women—and harassed them at every step of the way. Read More

Why Jane Austen Never Married
December 18, 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that marriage isn’t always in the cards. Read More

How Truman Capote Threw the Most Legendary Party of the 20th Century
November 28, 2017

The Black and White Ball relaunched Katharine Graham’s social life. Read More

How Charles Dickens Helped the English Get Fresh Air
November 20, 2017

The country once taxed the number of windows people had—in effect, making them pay to breathe. Read More

Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Keeps Getting Banned
October 16, 2017

Biloxi, Mississippi, will remove the book from school curriculums. Read More