Harvard Professor Emeritus Lawrence Buell reflects on the lasting importance of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” on the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth.
Maximum fuss is a matter of course for Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore.
Tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children have been lovingly restored at the Harvard Library.
Harvard's Houghton Library has acquired Henry David Thoreau’s notes from the scene of the shipwreck that killed social reformer and writer Margaret Fuller.
Toni Morrison delivered the first of six Charles Eliot Norton Lectures to an adoring crowd at Sanders Theatre on Wednesday. Morrison is the 58th scholar given the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry.
Author ZZ Packer is spending her Radcliffe year working on her newest effort, a novel titled “The Thousands” that tracks the lives of several families following the Civil War through the American Indian campaigns in the Southwest.
“Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” author Rebecca Skloot, at Radcliffe as a visiting scholar, talks about her new book project, on the bond between humans and animals.
Six writers at risk discussed their work during an event at Harvard.
Molly Antopol, a Radcliffe Fellow and author of “The UnAmericans,” talks about the creative process behind her fiction.
Ahead of a Harvard visit, Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan talks about the research behind her forthcoming historical novel, “Manhattan Beach.”
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Sixteen teachers were selected to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities seminar course on fairy tales and fantasy literature at Harvard University. Maria Tatar, chair of the program in Folklore and Mythology, led the seminars.
Harvard’s creative writing program is growing in creativity and size.
Former Harvard President Derek Bok and his wife Sissela, a Harvard fellow, discussed their recent books on happiness in a discussion at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Over the years, readings by poet Seamus Heaney have been so wildly popular that his fans are called “Heaneyboppers.” A reading this week at Sanders Theatre, sponsored by Harvard’s Department of English and American Literature and Language, was no exception. The event’s free tickets were gone weeks ago, within hours, and on Tuesday (Sept. 30) a crowd of about 1,000 packed into the theater’s stately tiered seats.
Poet and memoirist Meghan O’Rourke is using her time as a Radcliffe Fellow to write “What’s Wrong With Me,” a chronicle of her struggles with autoimmune disease.
As part of our humanities series, Charles Hyman ’19 talks about finding intellectual life in the study of dead languages.
Helen Vendler knows a thing or two about William Butler Yeats. She has authored three books on the Irish poet’s work, including her most recent volume, “Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form,” published in 2007.
Radcliffe fellow and classically trained pianist Tsitsi Jaji uses her musical expertise and knowledge of comparative literature to explore how composers of African descent set poetry to music for solo voice and piano.
This walking tour pairs classic Harvard landmarks with a sampling of the poets connected to the University — all in honor of National Poetry Month.
Sinologist Stephen Owen devoted eight years to the first complete English translation of the great Chinese poet Du Fu.
Sexism, racism, and even neglect can stand in the way of a great writer receiving a Nobel Prize. But of all the barriers, it is language that remains the ...
Historian Jane Kamensky’s new book explores the life and times of painter John Singleton Copley.
Author Terry Tempest Williams is the guest speaker at the Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center, a new initiative convened by Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey and history Professor Ian J. Miller.
Poet Josh Bell, the new Briggs-Copeland lecturer, calls on the spirit of rocker Vince Neil in his latest poems.
Houghton Library and Harvard University Press are two of the leading partners in the new Emily Dickinson Archive, a joint venture with other institutions that brings together most of her poem manuscripts.
The Harvard Arts Medal ceremony kicked off this year’s Arts First festival, with Margaret Atwood receiving the award.
A new book by Harvard lecturer in history and literature Kevin Birmingham tracks the challenge of bringing “Ulysses,” the masterwork by James Joyce, to the page and to the public.
Houghton Library recently acquired its 3,000th American item, the typescript of an unproduced James Baldwin play — a rich tangle of the author’s obsessions in need of a scholar’s clarifying touch.
“Babar Comes to Houghton” in an exhibition to celebrate a donation from author Laurent de Brunhoff and his wife, Radcliffe alumna Phyllis Rose.
Novelist Tom Perrotta, who headlines Harvard’s LITFest on Feb. 4, talks with a television co-writer and a Harvard instructor about the craft.
Colson Whitehead ’91, author of the acclaimed novel “The Underground Railroad,” talks about Harvard, writing, and slavery.
This year, Vivian Gornick, — a writer who lives in New York City — is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She updated her observations on the brilliance (literary) and the failings (cultural) of male Jewish American writers of three decades ago on Feb. 4 in the Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in Art and the Humanities.
A newly acquired writer’s guide for the science fiction fantasy TV show “Star Trek” at Harvard’s Houghton Library offers aspiring scriptwriters everything they would need to know before crafting a script for the ’60s cult classic.
Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room uncovered forgotten audio from a 1953 conference on the novel, including the confident voice of the newly famous Ralph Ellison.
Helen Vendler joined a Woodberry Poetry Room event to celebrate the recent discovery of recordings of readings by Wallace Stevens circa 1954.
Radcliffe Fellow Ross Gay is a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry.
Toni Morrison will deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, which will be held throughout March and April at Sanders Theatre. Hosted by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Morrison is the 58th scholar to be given the arts and humanities honor, officially named the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry.
On the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death, the Gazette sat down with Professor Mary Gaylord to talk about the lasting influence of “Don Quixote.”
Cartoonist and visiting lecturer Peter Kuper spoke to the Gazette about comics as an art form, and some of the comic materials in Harvard's collections.
At a lunchtime talk at Harvard Law School, writer Gish Jen discussed her latest book, “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap,” making the case for the sociological and cultural patterns that influence many aspects of identity.
Most of us only get one life. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - whose 200th birthday bicentennial is this month - has had four. In the first, he arrived in Cambridge in 1837, fresh from a six-year professorship at Bowdoin College. Longfellow, sporting long hair, yellow gloves, and flowered waistcoats, cut quite a romantic, European-style figure in what was then a provincial village of 6,000.
Poet and fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Anna Maria Hong takes the traditional sonnet form and breaks it wide open in her new volume of poetry.
In “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death,” Professor Jill Lepore shows, with wit and wisdom, that our existential anxieties are anything but new.
Five of Harvard’s regional centers are teaming up on an outreach program to teachers that takes them on a literary world tour, through an online book club featuring readings that illuminate ordinary life in Libya, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, Russia, and Nigeria.
The Woodberry Poetry Room hosts an evening of forest recordings and verse about nature, twinning sounds with wordplay.
D.T. Max, author of a new biography of David Foster Wallace, sat down with professor and critic James Wood to discuss the writer’s legacy and his brief time at Harvard, a catalyst for the breakdown and recovery that inspired much of Wallace’s masterpiece, “Infinite Jest.”
Albanian novelist Gazmend Kapllani, a Radcliffe Fellow this year, draws inspiration for his writing from his nation’s ink-dark past under harsh Communist rule.
On the eve of a glamorous auction of a 1640 “Bay Psalm Book,” Harvard puts its own rare copy on view at Houghton Library.
Harvard historian discusses the topic of her latest book, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.”
While volumes of poetry, sadly, may not sell the way, say, a Stephen King novel does, Ifeanyi Menkiti knows firsthand that poetry’s gifts are priceless. That’s why, in 2006, he purchased the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, a historic literary enclave down an unassuming Harvard Square side street.