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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Fighting for literature in an age of algorithms
from the archive 50 years ago in Harper’s Magazine Literary history and the present are dark with silences: the years-long silences of acknowledged greats; the ceasing to publish after one…
By Saul Bellow, from a previously unpublished essay written in 1951 and included in There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction, edited by Benjamin Taylor and out…
New evidence of the author’s suffering, and reflections on the scholarly debate
In defense of the canon
Tracing an original edition of Solomon Northup’s narrative to a slaveholder
Bernard Malamud’s three unfinished novels
Romance writers, Jennifer Weiner, and the future of publishing
By John Crowley, from a lecture delivered in June at MoMA PS1 as part of Triple Canopy’s Speculations (“The future is ”) series. Crowley’s article “Madame and the Masters” appeared…
Jeremy Dauber on the remarkable life and afterlife of the man who created Tevye the Dairyman
The Brontë sisters’ devoirs on filial love, under the instruction of Constantin Heger