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Gertrude Stein on Understanding and Joy: Rare 1934 Radio Interview
Gertrude Stein on Understanding and Joy: Rare 1934 Radio Interview

“If you enjoy it, you understand it.”

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Vintage Posters for Libraries and Reading
Vintage Posters for Libraries and Reading

“There’s a future in books…and a book in your future!”

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Hand-Lettered Illustrations of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
Hand-Lettered Illustrations of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry

“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant . . .The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind”

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E. E. Cummings Set to Song
E. E. Cummings Set to Song

“lovers go and lovers come/ awandering awondering/ but any two are perfectly alone/ there’s nobody else alive”

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Story of a Writer: Ray Bradbury on Storytelling and Human Nature in 1963 Documentary
Story of a Writer: Ray Bradbury on Storytelling and Human Nature in 1963 Documentary

“Man has always been half-monster, half-dreamer.”

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Kevin Stanton’s Cut-Paper Illustrations of Romeo and Juliet
Kevin Stanton’s Cut-Paper Illustrations of Romeo and Juliet

A tactile take on literature’s most tragic love story.

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The First Ads for Famous Books
The First Ads for Famous Books

Because even genius needs share of voice to succeed.

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No Dream-Laden Adolescent: Anaïs Nin Meets Young Gore Vidal, 1945
No Dream-Laden Adolescent: Anaïs Nin Meets Young Gore Vidal, 1945

“Like all writers, he dreams of total acceptance, unanimous love. A dream.”

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Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion
Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion

“It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity.”

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How to Read a Poem: “Stored Magic,” Total Transformation, and the Capacity for Creative Wonder
How to Read a Poem: “Stored Magic,” Total Transformation, and the Capacity for Creative Wonder

“True poetic practice implies a mind so miraculously attuned and illuminated that it can form words, by a chain of more-than coincidences, into a living entity.”

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