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Harriet Beecher Stowe

A Grain of Sand

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.03.2016 | Books
Terence Clarke

Every emotional response to all occurrences can be expressed in the way an object is perceived or thought about by a character. It doesn't matter what the object is. But for the writer, the language with which the object is described does matter, because it can shape the reader's entire reaction to what is going on in the character's heart.

Prophets, Kings, and Black Lives Matter

Mark Osler | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Mark Osler

My hometown of Minneapolis was recently captivated by a now-familiar drama that played out on our streets. First, a black man (Jamar Clark) died at th...

Writing She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.28.2016 | Books
Jill S. Tietjen

To celebrate the success of Harper Lee's previous and anticipated novels, let's discover other women authors through history. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Channeling Creativity: Dylan, Plath, and Uncle Tom

David Galenson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

Not all conceptual writers work as fast as Dylan and Plath, nor do all experimental writers work as slowly as Bishop. But the differing speeds of composition are not accidental.

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Books
Terry Kelhawk

Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.

What Do You Mean Women Can't?

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.23.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Reports have appeared about the fight women had to undertake so that women's ski jumping could become an Olympic event. Unfortunately, the history of women in sports has been fraught with the refrain that women "can't."

Ten Great Reasons to Visit Hartford, CT, Now

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 04.20.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

With a new billion-dollar entertainment/hotel/residential/convention district, a new state of the art science museum, and multi-million dollar upgrades to attractions and hotels, Hartford might just be a new hot spot.

UPDATE: College Dispute Claim That Harriet Beecher Stowe Wrote 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' In Home

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices

UPDATE: Bowdoin College officials are disputing many of the claims made by those trying to sell the property, saying they lack factual evidence. Vice ...

Is There a Literary Lesson to Be Learned From Visiting a Writer's Home?

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"Emily Dickinson is an overarching category that includes her writing and her biography," says Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Mu...

EgoPo's Unfortunate History Is Brave Theater

Lew Whittington | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

As tough as theater has gotten as a viable commercial art, in Philadelphia Lane Savadove's still believes that theater can be a catalyst for social change.

First Nighter: Bertolt Brecht, Brian Kulick Collaborate on "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"

David Finkle | Posted 07.30.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

For some reason, directors like to take liberties with Bertolt Brecht. Perhaps because the German playwright placed so many of his plays in exotic pl...

Day 2: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Why do we put things off? Is our fear of failure, disappointment or embarrassment really so great that we let it lay waste to our dreams? Perhaps. But we also procrastinate because we believe we'll live forever.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Prophetic Engine

Joan D. Hedrick | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Joan D. Hedrick

The fact that Christian ministers maintained a timid silence in face of the Fugitive Slave Law both infuriated Stowe and propelled her to speak out.

40 Is Not the New Anything

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Susan Deily-Swearingen

I want my age to be my age. I've never been here before and I want to see what it's all about.

Novelists Who Were More Enlightened Than Their Era

Dave Astor | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

The 1800s were of course a time of blatant racism, and many authors reflected that by depicting fictional characters of color in horribly stereotyped ways. Or they omitted those characters entirely, as if the world was populated by whites only.

PHOTOS: 8 Things You Probably Don't Know About Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 08.30.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Curiosity about great novelists has inspired me to read dozens of author biographies. In those books (and on the Web), one can discover many "wow"-inducing facts about renowned writers

America's Forgotten Founders

Richard Albert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Albert

The Court's narrow focus on America's constitutional founding fathers obscures the importance of America's second founding that came with the abolition and the Civil War.

The Race Factor: How Far We've Come

David S. Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David S. Reynolds

If the polls are accurate, for the first time an African American is poised to take the nation's highest political office. We can appreciate just how momentous this is by looking back in history.

Uncle Barack's Cabin

Sara Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Davidson

The day after Obama claimed the nomination, a German newspaper ran a picture of the White House on its front page with the headline, "Uncle Barack's Cabin."