Before Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter Wanted to Study Mushrooms

The beloved children's author was deterred from a career as a mycologist.

10 Royal Women Who Also Made History as Writers

These 10 accomplished women led countries, wrote poetry, chronicled history, and made their own.

These Essential Authors Were Shaped By Their Time in War

Time on or near the front lines shaped these authors' lives and work.

Before the BFG: Roald Dahl, Air Menace To Axis Forces

The children's author's macabre sense of humor and appreciation of darkness were likely sharpened by his combat history.

12 Immersive Biographies to Lose Yourself In

Find your coziest chair, and curl up with one of these incredible biographies to while away an afternoon or two.

The Elusive William Shakespeare, Unveiled

His mysterious life has left scholars and readers with many a question.

This Astonishing Book Makes Jane Austen’s World Come to Life

Voices from the World of Jane Austen will transport you to the turn of the nineteenth century.

Kit Williams' Masquerade, the Children’s Treasure Hunt Book That Captivated England

A golden hare, a multi-step pictorial code, and a country on the hunt. What could go wrong?

FBI Surveillance: Why the Bureau Investigated Famous Writers

James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, and other writers were investigated for everything from sympathy towards the Cuban Revolution to Communist Party ties. 

7 Must-Read Roger Angell Books

Legendary essays on baseball, reflections on aging, and so much more.

Constance: The Untold Story of Oscar Wilde’s Wife

Though a popular children’s author and activist, Mrs. Wilde’s life eventually became one marked by scandal.