Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, January/February

Almost a Masterpiece
Seventy-five years ago F Scott Fitzgerald wrote a book called TRIMALCHIO, which in revision would become THE GREAT GATSBY. This February the manuscript will see print for the first time. Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's Trimalchio, an early and complete...
A Long-Lost Huckleberry Finn
The discovery of a long-lost portion of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is giving scholars an unprecedented opportunity to see how Samuel Clemens developed Hucks moral character in revision. Written and edited in Clemens's hand, the 665 pages constitute...
Around the Nation: State by State
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by State Humanities Councils ALABAMA In her own words she was "the toast of the town... and that was some toast." The legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead, daughter of a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and...
A Visit from Historian Shelby Foote
HISTORY IS A PRETTY WRETCHED SUBJECT TO STUDY IN SCHOOL," says Shelby Foote, a historian of the Civil War and an acclaimed novelist. "As I remember it, it was terrible. They required me to memorize so many things. There was a Treaty of Utrecht, and it...
A World of Spectacle
Painters, sculptors, connoisseurs, and intellectuals of many nations made Rome their mecca in the 1700s. Papal patronage encouraged building, art commissions, and excavations of ancient landmarks. Art schools flourished, and the world's first public...
Bantering with a Brooklyn Librarian
For years following the publication of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Samuel Clemens would correspond with any and all who had something to say about the book In 1905 and 1906, Clemens exchanged the following letters with Asa Don Dickinson, who...
Cornell Launches Data Preservation Project
The rapid-fire development of new computer technologies is outpacing our ability to transfer data from old storage systems to new ones. Archivists generally preserve data on digital formats such as magnetic discs or CD-ROMs, which allow information to...
Editor's Note
MASTERPIECES IN THE MAKING The earliest versions of two of America's celebrated novels, The Great Gatsby and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, are to be published this year. For readers and scholars alike, they offer a rare chance to see a novelist at...
Eleanor Roosevelt, No Ordinary Woman
WHEN THE ROOSEVELTS ENTERED THE WHITE HOUSE IN 1933, THE SECRET SERVICE SUGGESTED THAT ELEANOR CARRY A GUN ON HER TRAVELS. HERE SHE PRACTICES AT CHAZY LAKE, NEW YORK. THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE PUT A $25,000 BOUNTY on Eleanor Roosevelt's head. She was in...
In Focus: Wyoming Council for the Humanities
Wyoming is one small town with streets two hundred miles long," says director of the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, Robert G. Young. "All of these towns are very much isolated." The council has begun to address community issues in six of these towns...
Massachusetts Women Honored
Do not tell us before we are born even that our province is to cook dinners, darn stockings and sew buttons. We want rights," said Lucy Stone, a nineteenth-century social reformer and public lecturer. Stone and five other women social activists from...
Teaching Folklore in West Virginia
The mountains have a way of keeping alive large patterns of old ways by simply isolating people," says Judy Byers, coauthor of In the Mountain State: A West Virginia Folklore and Cultural Studies Curriculum. Time was when West Virginia fourth and eight...
The Earlier Revelry: "Trimalchio's Feast"
Trimalchio, a freed slave who has grown wealthy, hosts a lavish banquet in the Satyricon, an early example of the novel by the Roman author, Petronius. In translations, the chapter is usually called "The Party at Trimalchio's" or "Trimalchio's Feast."...
The New Deal Network
Website gets an era's documents into schools Textbook accounts of the Great Depression usually cover topics like the stock market crash of 1929 and the New Deal legislation of the 1930s. Often lost in such accounts are the human faces behind the facts....
The Nuances of Money
No American writer has understood money more than F. Scott Fitzgerald, says James L. W. West III. "He knows money has a deadening effect on morality. It insulates people from the pain of others." West, who is editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works...
Trying to Tame Huck Finn
NEH Chairman William R. Ferris talked recently with Boston teacher Nancy Methelis about the controversy surrounding the teaching of the ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. A film on the subject will air in January. A Conversation with Nancy Methelis WILLIAM...
Uproar in the Classroom
This is a fourteen-year-old boy at the moment he decides he will be true to a fellow runaway who has helped and befriended him. To do that, to help his friend, he will have to steal and deceive. He will have to do wrong. He knows this, even as he knows...
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