A Woman of the Wild West: The Life of Mary Hallock Foote

In 1971, author Wallace Stegner published his novel Angle of Repose, which went on to earn a Pulitzer Prize.  The book is widely considered to be one of the best novels of all time; it is simultaneously a slice of life from the American Victorian West, a novel focused on environmental concerns, and a love story at once both tragic and uplifting.

Not everyone, however, found it wonderful – the extended family of author and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote were dismayed by the portrayal of the female protagonist, a fictionalized version of their progenitor. In an attempt to set the record straight, they contacted the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and one year later Foote’s unpublished biography, entitled Reminiscenes: A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West finally appeared in print.

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A Monster Among Men: Joseph Mengele

One of the greatest periods of human tragedy, misery and suffering was the bleak time period known as the Holocaust. Perpetrated against the Jews by a madman known as Hitler, the Holocaust led to a time period of terrible tragedy and unimaginable suffering. Pain and sorrow mark those terrible years, but to those who perpetrated such crimes, it was not a period of sorrow but a period of enlightenment.

The darkness of men’s hearts can often be found in the vileness of their deeds. Today, we are going to be looking at one of the most horrific and cruel men to ever have existed, a man by the name of Joseph Mengele.

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Paranoid or Proactive? The Story of Ivan the Terrible

In the early 1500s, Russia wasn’t particularly known as a great nation. Barely hobbling along due to the fact that up until 1480, they had been under Mongolian rule, Russia had not been doing as well as the other European nations. Ivan the III was able to declare himself the Tsar of Russia and separate them from the Mongolian state once and for all. Known as Ivan the Great, his work to increase the size of Russia, fight against the Golden Hordes and unify most of Russian land under one banner would essentially lay the foundations of Russia as a state.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Life in Perspective

Laura Ingalls Wilder

On visiting the website of the Little House on the Prairie Museum lists, it lists the following caveat: “Due to an ongoing error with GPS technology, many GPS navigators and mapping services are unable to direct their users to our site. To avoid becoming hopelessly lost, please use the following directions.” An amusing comment, to be sure – but, surreptitiously or otherwise, an apt description of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her devoted readers.

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The Brontes: A Group Portrait

“Genius’ can be defined as the creation of something that afterwards feels like it was always here. While psychologists attempt to understand how genius occurs, history teaches that it flourishes in the strangest of situations. Such is certainly the case with the children of Patrick Bronte, an Irish cleric who married a Cornish woman and then moved to a tiny town in Yorkshire, far from the leading minds of the day. Bereft of influence and forced by circumstances to look out for each other, the resulting development of literary genius has yet to be matched. The three surviving sisters – Charlotte, Emily, and Anne — none of whom lived past the age of forty, left us with five incandescent novels – as well as a story that matches the dramatic intensity of the Bronte imagination.

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