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The Lady and Her Monsters: Real-Life Frankensteins and How Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece Came to Life
The Lady and Her Monsters: Real-Life Frankensteins and How Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece Came to Life

The experiments and reanimations of Mary Shelley, Luigi Galvani, and Giovanni Aldini.

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The Proud Surrender: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Love Letters to Edith Wynn Matthison
The Proud Surrender: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Love Letters to Edith Wynn Matthison

“This is not meekness, be assured; I do not come naturally by meekness.”

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Oppression by Omission: The Untold Story of the Women Soldiers Who Dressed and Fought as Men in the Civil War
Oppression by Omission: The Untold Story of the Women Soldiers Who Dressed and Fought as Men in the Civil War

“Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.”

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The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, Illustrated
The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, Illustrated

Love, loss, and the conquest of French cuisine.

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What Is a Poem? Coleridge on Science vs. Romance, 1817
What Is a Poem? Coleridge on Science vs. Romance, 1817

“It is discriminated by proposing to itself such delight from the whole as is compatible with a distinct gratification from each component part.”

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The Age of Edison: Radical Invention and the Illuminated World
The Age of Edison: Radical Invention and the Illuminated World

A brief history of giving the people what they wanted, or why the lightbulb was a mere cog in the machinery of total illumination.

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