Brenda Wineapple is the author, most recently, of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Her new book, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877, is forthcoming from Harper.
Frustrated, stubborn, committed to bad science, was Louis Agassiz anything other than a laughingstock?
Capes, torches, secret meetings! Adam Goodheart’s 1861 tells the story of the unyielding idealism awakened by the Civil War.
At the utopian community of Fruitlands, vegetables were not only eaten. They were also imitated.
"There is such a thing as a moral atmosphere." So said Violet Gibson, the woman who shot Mussolini.
A new anthology of essays captures the many faces of Lincoln over the decades.
In Henry James and his family, biographers find a fascinating story of dynastic melodrama.
A new biography describes how Edith Wharton transformed her obsessions into stories of loss, regret and entrapment.
Victoria Glendinning's biography of Leonard Woolf looks at a remarkable
public intellectual whose life and work were eclipsed by his more famous
One hundred years ago, Upton Sinclair exposed the meatpacking industry. Three new books expose Sinclair as an activist dreamer with a messianic streak.
Nancy Drew has been a fixture in young girls' lives since 1930. But the
continuing appeal of this spunky American icon--never sad, wrinkled or
misunderstood--is both heartwarming and a little scary.