#Classics

Give Us Stories to Retell: An Argument for the Canon as a Springboard

The retellings classics inspire can be glorious. Here are a few reasons why they may even be better than the original stories.

Greta Gerwig Must Answer For Her Crimes

Can a former Amy March hater find a reason to fall for her?

What is a Literary Salon?

From majlis in the pre-Islamic Arab world to Gertrude Stein in Paris to Black Twitter, the literary salon has transformed, but it endures.

Who Was George Villiers, and Why is He in So Many Books?

Who was George Villiers? Here’s the short answer: George Villiers was an extremely messy bisexual in 17th century England.

The Great Unrequited Literary Crushes of the 1800s

Let me tell you about the wild, romantic, and tragic intersecting love lives of Andersen, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickens.

How Khalil Gibran’s THE PROPHET Became a Quiet Cultural Powerhouse

Have you heard one of the readings from The Prophet at a wedding? A look at how Khalil Gibran's book became a quiet powerhouse.

Ranking The 10 Best Edgar Allan Poe Stories

What are the 10 best Edgar Allan Poe stories?

Who is Anne Brontë, the Forgotten Brontë Sister?

Anne Brontë - an investigation into the Victorian novelist's life and how she became the forgotten Brontë sister.

The Queen of Shade and Sass: A Guide to the Humor of Jane Austen

From quips to satirical characters and lambasting the upper classes, Jane Austen's humor is woefully under-appreciated.

Retellings Keep the Classics Relevant

How retellings extend the life of the classics by inviting new readers in and exploring old and new ideas side-by-side.