‘The young love hardly anything better than to laugh. And if they do love something more than that, they love to learn more than that. If you read Mark Twain, you get to do both at the same time.’
Brian Miller’s great-grandmother was sisters with Laura’s mother, and Miller met Laura as a child. Wilder’s demotion by the top library association ‘felt like a knife in the back,’ he says.
In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, her family shows entirely reasonable fear plus charitable, patient treatment of people whom long experience indicates may rape and scalp them. This is the opposite of racism. It is remarkable.
With Philip Roth’s death, American letters lost an icon who had as much to say about grand universal themes as he did his personal and Jewish identity.
A Mississippi school district is going after Harper Lee’s classic work, contending that its difficult themes will make students too uncomfortable.
A new collection of forgotten F. Scott Fitzgerald stories shows an American master embracing dark subject matter without losing his sense of humor or capacity to hope.
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