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Novelist Ralph Ellison was a panelist at a Harvard conference on the novel in 1953, just months after “Invisible Man” gave him lifetime literary visibility. Newly discovered audio from the event provides a rare early glimpse of an extemporaneously incisive Ellison, who went on to make a living as a teacher and literary journalist.

Lost voices of 1953

The thoughts and theories of writer Ralph Ellison come to life with rediscovery of Harvard conference recordings

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Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt addressed the comforts of tragedy at the Cambridge Public Library.

Virtues of doom

Greenblatt speaks on the spectacle, and consolations, of tragedy at the Cambridge Public Library

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“I’ve always felt there was a very common thread in the work that I do. All my books are really about love, in one way or another, and no book more so than this book — a book that I would say I started writing when I started reading," said Marjorie Garber, author of "The Use and Abuse of Literature."

Why and how

Marjorie Garber illuminates ‘the literary’ in new book

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