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The Art of Constructive Criticism: Trailblazing Feminist Margaret Fuller Rejects Young Thoreau and Helps Him Improve His Writing
The Art of Constructive Criticism: Trailblazing Feminist Margaret Fuller Rejects Young Thoreau and Helps Him Improve His Writing

“I can have no advice or criticism for a person so sincere; but, if I give my impression of him, I will say, ‘He says too constantly of Nature, she is mine.’ She is not yours till you have been more hers.”

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Legendary Designer Charles Eames on Creativity, the Value of the Arts in Education, and His Advice to Students
Legendary Designer Charles Eames on Creativity, the Value of the Arts in Education, and His Advice to Students

“There is always a need for anyone that can do a simple job thoroughly.”

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24-Year-Old William Styron on Happiness, Presence, and the True Measure of Maturity, in a Letter to His Father
24-Year-Old William Styron on Happiness, Presence, and the True Measure of Maturity, in a Letter to His Father

“I’ll always hate the stupid and the bat-brained and the petty. But it doesn’t seem nearly so important anymore to hate, as try to understand.”

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The One That Got Away: The Bittersweet Story of George Orwell and His Childhood Sweetheart
The One That Got Away: The Bittersweet Story of George Orwell and His Childhood Sweetheart

“It took me literally years to realise that we are all imperfect creatures but that Eric was less imperfect than anyone else I ever met.”

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Einstein’s Divorce Agreement and the Nuanced Messiness of the Human Heart
Einstein’s Divorce Agreement and the Nuanced Messiness of the Human Heart

“In the case of a divorce, I would grant you significant pecuniary advantages through particularly generous concessions.”

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Teenage Sylvia Plath’s Letters to Her Mother on the Joy of Living and Writing as Salvation and Sustenance for the Spirit
Teenage Sylvia Plath’s Letters to Her Mother on the Joy of Living and Writing as Salvation and Sustenance for the Spirit

“I want to be affected by life deeply, but never so blinded that I cannot see my share of existence in a wry, humorous light…”

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